A teaching assistant’s role can also play a vital part when it comes to assessing a child’s progress in class, not only do we supervise children in outside areas and support children in groups but are also involved in assessing a child’s literacy and numeracy performance as well as other subjects in the school curriculum. Teaching assistants provide help and support to both teachers and pupils, as well as supporting children within the classroom in a variety of different areas within subjects, on entering a class that morning teachers should discuss with the teaching assistant about what daily activities will be taking place that day in order for the TA not only to prepare and organise resources but also to have a clear understanding of the learning objective for each activity and to know what they should be doing in order to help the child achieve this. TA’s responsibilities within the classroom also involve helping with teaching provisions, maintain records and liaise with parents.
One of the main roles of a teaching assistant’s job is to relay, explain and support the children in how to do the work correctly and if we find that they are struggling then we must help them to find an easier technique in order for them to reach their targets.
As part of my job role I am part of a ‘Five minute box’ intervention strategy that is made up of a group of teaching assistants who work with a particular child who requires extra assistance in phonic or numeracy work, the child is supported in whichever area that is needed in order to enhance their education and their developments written on a progress sheet each lesson as feedback to the teacher.