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NVQ2 Teacher Assistant Training

Teaching assistants help teachers with their everyday work. The role is often known by other names, including classroom assistant, non-teaching assistant or learning support assistant. Teaching assistants usually work with small groups or with individual children. Their duties vary depending on the particular job and the age of the children.

In primary schools their work can include: helping to get the classroom ready for lessons, listening to children read, reading to them or telling them stories, helping children with number work, helping children who need extra support to complete tasks helping with art and craft activities and displaying work, looking after children and encouraging younger children to learn through play helping with outing and sports events helping with routine administrative tasks.

In secondary schools most teaching assistants work with individuals or small groups of pupils who have disabilities or learning difficulties.

This NVQ last a year and requires entrants to either work in a school or take up a voluntary placement as part of the course.

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