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This article is about teaching assistants in UK schools. For teaching assistants in higher education, see Teaching assistant. A teaching assistant or educational assistant (often abbreviated to TA or EA; sometimes classroom assistant) in schools in England and Wales is a person who supports a teacher in the classroom. Duties can differ dramatically from school to school, though the underlying tasks often remain the same. Contents[hide] * 1 Role * 2 HLTAs and the National Workforce Agreement * 3 Professional development * 3.1 Scotland * 3.2 Common progression routes * 3.3 Professional publications * 4 Statistics * 4.1 University of Plymouth and the DfES, 2002 * 4.1.1 Gender * 4.1.2 Age * 4.1.3 Qualifications * 4.2 DfES, 2002 * 5 References * 5.1 Notes * 6 External links| [edit] Role

Teaching assistants are often used to take small groups of children out of a class that need extra support in an area, such as literacy or numeracy. This can also include work with children with special educational needs (SEN), which the teacher cannot always accommodate in a normal class. They are also mostly responsible for listening to children read, and reporting back to the teacher if any issues arise. Helping teachers prepare for lessons by photocopying resources, or putting out equipment at the start of a lesson is another main role of the teaching assistant, and one which is becoming increasingly common, due to the National Workforce Agreement (see below). Teaching assistants are not qualified teachers, and as such, are led and guided by teachers. The DfES (Department for Education and Skills) stated in the Consultation of 2002 that: Most teaching requires the expertise and skills of a qualified teacher; but some teaching activity can be undertaken by suitably trained staff without QTS [qualified teacher status], provided they are working within a clear system of leadership and supervision provided by a qualified teacher. Qualified teachers must have overall responsibility for effective teaching and learning. --DfES, 2002, p.5 The occupation is constantly changing and evolving with the rest of the education workforce in the country. Teaching assistants are being given more and more roles within schools, and it remains to be seen how this "remodelling of the workforce" will alter the occupation. [edit] HLTAs and the National Workforce Agreement

On 15 January 2003, unions and the DfES signed the National Workforce Agreement, which began a reform of raising school standards and tackling workloads.[1] This agreement created a "new breed" of teaching assistants: HLTAs (or Higher Level Teaching Assistants). Their role is to support the teacher further by taking some lessons, and being more closely involved in children's learning. Giving teachers time for planning, preparation and assessment (PPA) was also raised in this agreement. By September 2005, all teachers must be given 10% teaching time away from the classroom to plan, prepare, and assess.[1] Classes will be covered by normal teaching assistants, not just HLTAs, as originally planned.[2] This has led to some concerns being raised.[3] [edit] Professional development

There are nationally recognised qualifications for teaching assistants. * NCFE Initial Training for Classroom Assistants, Stages 1 and 2 * City and Guilds award for Teaching Assistants (7327) (also Certificate and Advanced Certificate in Learning Support (7321)) * NVQ Teaching Assistants Level 2 and 3

* CACHE Level 2 and 3 Certificates in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools * BTEC Level 2 and 3 Certificates for Teaching Assistants * Open University Specialist Teacher Assistant Certificate * CACHE Specialist Teacher Assistant (STA) Award

* Foundation Degree (usually in...
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