The job of a classroom assistant is to support and teach children, often helping those who have difficulties with reading and spelling.
Who can I work for?
As a classroom assistant, you can work for private or state schools.
Where and when can I work?
Working hours fall in line with the school opening hours, often from around 8.30am to 3.30pm.
What can I earn?
You can expect to earn a salary in between £11,000 and £16,000, depending on experience.
What are the benefits?
Benefits include having long holiday periods over the summer, as well as for public holidays, such as Easter and Christmas. This time off is always paid.
Are there chances of promotion?
Classroom assistants often move into the role of teachers, although many choose to remain as classroom assistants but move to a more challenging environment, such as supporting children with special needs.
What will I be responsible for?
Responsibilities include supporting and teaching children, assisting their development, motivating and encouraging pupils, marking and correcting work, and helping with school events.
Do I need any experience?
To work in this role you need to have a childcare qualification. Some classroom assistants are qualified as nursery nurses, so this could be something to consider. It’s also beneficial to have previous experience of working with children, gained either though directly approaching schools yourself or helping out at play schemes.
What attributes are needed?
All classroom assistants need to be enthusiastic, have a good imagination, and be both patient and adaptable.