Careers in Focus: Primary & Secondary Education

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A passion to see young people succeed and a non-judgemental attitude are the key attributes to working in this sector. Teaching assistants provide key support to teachers in a classroom setting to enhance learning and learning outcomes.

What is the difference between the teaching assistant qualifications?

In schools you will find there are different teaching assistants with different qualifications. There are four grades of teaching assistant:

  • Level one teaching assistants (TA1)
  • Level two teaching assistants (TA2)
  • Level three teaching assistants (TA3)
  • Higher level teaching assistants (TA4)

Teaching assistants working at higher levels take on more responsibility and consequently receive higher pay. To progress beyond level one, you will need a Diploma or equivalent. If you are currently working in a school, in most instances, your school will support you in gaining the relevant experience and qualifications you need to progress.

What are the roles and responsibilities of a teaching assistant and HLTA?

The job is really varied, and you need to be adaptable. You could be working with special needs pupils to give them the extra support they need or generally helping out with classroom activities such as; setting up the room, helping with task set by the teacher, working with children in groups or supporting children through 1-2-1, preparing resources for the lesson, supporting and planning for assemblies, supporting the teacher in marking books, being creative and designing noticeboards or props for assemblies. At secondary level, you’re likely to concentrate on working with individuals and, depending on the subject, and small groups of pupils.

Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) have more responsibility. This can include: working alongside teachers to support learning activities, helping to plan lessons and prepare teaching materials, acting as a specialist assistant for subjects, leading classes under the direction of the teacher and supervising other support staff.

If you think you’ve got what it takes for this challenging and rewarding job, then you’ll need to make sure that you’ve got the right qualification.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through knowledge-based written work, observation in the chosen school environment, professional discussions and work products.

How much can you earn?

The salary for a level 2 or 3 teaching assistant varies from £13,000 – £18,000 per annum. A qualified HLTA salary varies between £17,000 to £24,000 per annum. The salary can vary according to what qualification you have and also the experience working in a school environment. As you work up the pay scale from a level one teaching assistant (TA1) to a level three teaching assistant (TA3) you will take on an increasing amount of responsibility

Within each level, you may also receive an enhanced salary if your work is mainly with pupils with special needs, again this is something you may be offered specific training on. Whilst challenging, this can be a very rewarding area to work in.

Why Train Together?

Our course for classroom assistants covers all the essential skills and knowledge that you need to build your confidence to ensure you secure the perfect job.

If you don’t currently work in a primary or secondary school, we can support you in helping you to find the right placement, so you can work and learn at the same time. At Train Together we believe it is important to put things into practice for it to be more realistic to you and to create an experienceable learning journey.

Embark on a course with Train Together and you could gain the qualifications and confidence that you need to secure the perfect job.

As a teaching assistant, this will be something your future employers will look out for. What’s more is that most of your course can be completed from home. So, we work around you to give you that flexibility and ensuring you are comfortable.

Our trainer coaches are specialists in delivering the Level 3 and Level 4 teaching assistant courses with years of experience. We ensure your journey from the beginning with us is unique for you! Your trainer will provide you with exceptional support whether this is face to face at your school or at home, or remotely via phone, email or skype. Train Together is fully prepared to help you along the way. From educational and administrative assistance, to personal, emotional support, we will do all we can to ensure your success as a teaching assistant.

This course is the official government Level 3 Teaching Assistant qualification that you need. It’s recognised & accepted by OFSTED as a gold standard for teaching assistants so you can be sure that is valued by all primary and secondary schools throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Your trainer coach will ensure you have everything you need to succeed – take the next step now!

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frequently asked questions

Here are some of the questions we have been asked about becoming a teaching assistant. If you can’t find the question or answer you are looking for, then please get in touch so that we can help you.

How much can I earn?

Between £13,000 and £24,000 depending on your level of qualification and experience.

How long does it take to qualify?

This qualifications take between 12 – 18 months.

Which schools does Train Together work with?

We work alongside local authority schools across Leicester and Leicestershire and Multi Academy Trusts across the Midlands including Discovery Schools Trust, Flying High Trust, Rushey Mead Educational Trust and Tudor Grange Academies Trust.

How much does the training cost?

The training costs are:

L2 Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools = £1,417

L3 Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in School = £2,225

L4 Higher Level Teaching Assistant = £1,417

How can I pay for it?

This qualification can be funded through an Advanced Learner Loan. More information about the Advanced Learner Loan can be found at

Another option would be to self-fund and pay for the qualification yourself.

Ready to take your next steps to becoming a Teaching Assistant?

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