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1234 THE STREET, LONDON N1S | TEL 020 123 4564 | JOE@JOEBLOGGS.COM
I am a qualified, skilled and committed teaching assistant with strong literacy, numeracy and ICT skills. I also have good organisational skills, plenty of patience, lots of creativity and most importantly, the ability to build relationships with children, teachers and parents. I hold the NVQ Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools.
- Created and implemented the summer holiday club curriculum for year 1 during lead teacher’s absence.
- Planned and executed lessons for reception and year 1 for 2 months during lead teacher’s absence.
- Received the county’s TA of the month award 6 times in my last two positions.
December 2015 – Date | Harris School, Birmingham
Working alongside the Class Teacher, I help to meet the daily needs of 21 children in the reception class. I help plan and present a variety of lessons and activities, maintaining key records and keeping up to date observations for each of the children. I work closely with other members of the teaching team in order to provide an outstanding learning environment for the children. I also work with the parents to build strong links and promote the school’s ‘Parent Teacher Partnership’. This is a fixed term contract and I am looking for another role as it is coming to an end.
January 2014 – November 2015 | Able School, Leicester
In this fixed term role, I supported two class teachers across two classes, interacting with the children to extend their learning experience in all areas. I assisted the teachers in ensuring a high standard of education was provided and individual needs of the children were met.
February 2013 – December 2013 | Johnson School, Derby
In this role I covered maternity leave for another TA. Responsibilities included:
- Preparing lessons and gathering equipment and materials.
- Assessing the learning needs of individual pupils.
- Evaluating pupils during lessons, reporting progress to teachers and others
- Liaising and building relationships with parents, carers and other professionals.
APPRENTICE NURSERY EARLY YEARS TEACHING ASSISTANT
June 2011 – September 2012 | Bingham Primary, Nottingham
In this role I was required to complete all academic aspects of the apprenticeship (NVQs) and in addition, help to provide a caring, safe yet stimulating educational environment, both in and outdoors, and to deliver play based Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum.
NVQ Level 3 in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
2014 | Able School / NCN Leicester
NVQ Level 2 in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
2012 | Bingham Primary / NCN Nottingham
Level 1 Award in Preparing to Work in Schools
2011 | Bingham Primary / NCN Nottingham
A Level English (B), Maths (B) and Biology (C)
2010 | NCN Nottingham
9 GCSES grade C and above including ICT (A*), English (A) and Maths (C)
2008 | Toot Hill Comprehensive, Bingham
- Proven ability through experience to build good relationships with children, parents, carers, teachers and other support staff.
- Very strong literacy, numeracy and ICT skills developed through education and practice.
- Friendly, outgoing personality with buckets of enthusiasm and a strong work ethic.
- A strong team player who is willing to be flexible to support other teachers and staff.
Clare Jones, Head Teacher, Harris School, Church Way, Birmingham B1 2DY
Miriam Leigh, Head Teacher, Able School, Cathedral Road, Leicester LE1 2DY
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Q: What qualifications do I need to be a Teaching Assistant?
There are no definite qualifications required to be a Teaching Assistant. However, you’ll find most employers advertise for NVQ Level 2 in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools as a minimum, unless it’s an apprenticeship.
It’s not essential to have a degree, although it can be helpful, especially if it’s in a core subject such as English, Maths or Science.
Most employers advertise for good literacy and numeracy (for obvious reasons). It’s therefore worth mentioning any GCSE and A Level Grades that support this specifically.
For more specialist positions such as working with children who have Special Education Needs, you may need additional training (for example, British Sign Language).
Q: Do I need experience to be a teaching assistant?
Although most employers will expect some sort of relevant experience, this does not have to be as a TA. For example, types of experience that would be considered valuable include:
- Any childcare experience
- Experience in an educational setting
- Experience working in a nursery
- Supervising sports teams / activities (especially youth)
- Supervising youth groups such as Brownies
- Teaching e.g. dance, gymnastics, music
- Tutoring experience
- Any other experience working with young people
There are very few formal work experience opportunities for TAs – but many educational establishments welcome volunteers. Get in touch, tell them your career ambitions and ask if you can assist with areas such as after school and holiday clubs, school sports teams or even helping in the classroom.
Q: What type of achievements should I include on my teaching assistant CV?
You should include achievements that demonstrate you have the skills, experience or knowledge required by the role.
We have given some examples on the CV template of the type of achievements you could include.
To find more ideas for the achievement section of your teaching assistant CV, click here.
Q: Is there anything I should leave off my CV?
For many job roles, we recommend leaving off personal information, such as the fact that you have children. Whilst it shouldn’t be the case, it’s possible that employers may discriminate against you during the recruitment process because of these type of details.
However, since TAs work with children, it can be an advantage to show you have this experience!
In addition, it’s less common to include a photo on your CV in the UK. However, for a teaching assistant position, a photo can help you show off some of your personality! It goes without saying that your photo should help demonstrate some of the qualities that the employer will be looking for – a warm, approachable and friendly personality.
You may find the Prospects.ac.uk Teaching Assistant Job Profile useful for further advice on what an employer is looking for.
Bonus tip: Check and double check your CV! You’re applying for a job that aims to deliver high standards of literacy education to children – so spelling mistakes will not go down well!
NB: This CV template was published 11th February 2016 and has been updated for 2020.