How to become a Teaching Assistant or an HLTA
How to get a job as a TA or HLTA
This page is useful for anyone looking to get a job as a TA or HLTA
Start here if you're looking to get a job as a Teaching Assistant or a Higher Level Teaching Assistant. We've got advice on what what qualifications and skills you need to become a TA, insight into the pay and conditions you can expect and tips on how to progress up the career ladder. You'll also find links to all the TA and HLTA jobs advertised on TES and free resources to download to help you succeed in your role.
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Advice to help you get a job as a TA or HLTA
- How to become a teaching assistant
Are you thinking of becoming a TA but not quite sure what the role entails, or whether you have the right skills and qualifications? Well look no further.
- Typical teaching assistant job description
Here we look at the typical job description of a teaching assistant to help you understand what the job involves.
- Tips on applying for teaching assistant roles
If you’re considering applying for a teaching assistant role and would like to ensure that your application stands the best possible chance of being successful then this is a great place to start
- Teaching assistant job interview advice
You’ve decided to become a TA, put together a great application and managed to net yourself an interview. But what now? Here we walk you through what to expect at interview and how you can prepare.
- Teaching assistant interview question bank
It’s a great idea to practice answering a wide range of questions which you might be asked at the interview.
- Teaching assistant career development
Find out about the different grades of TA, awards and about the courses you can take.
- Becoming a higher level teaching assistant
How does this role differ from a TA and what qualifications do you need to become a HLTA.
Useful resources for teaching assistants from TES
- Resources specifically for TAs
Covering SEN support and teaching community languages.
- Behaviour advice and resources
Simple practical advice on behaviour management and the pick of the behaviour resources.
- Classroom display resources
Find brilliant ideas to brighten up the classroom walls.
- Early years resources
Whether it’s fun with phonics, novel approaches to numeracy or amazing ways of producing art you’ll find inspiration with our 20,000 plus early years teaching resources.
- Primary teaching resources
We've got more than 130,000 free primary resources on TES covering everything from phonics through to PE.
- Special needs teaching resources
Nearly 10,000 resources dedicated to inclusion covering ADHD, Asperger Syndrome, BESD and PMLD.
- TES Teaching Assistants forum
Chat to other teaching assistants on topics such as pay and conditions, training and dealing with tricky colleagues and pupils.