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Stresses & strains of being a teaching assistant


Becoming a teaching assistant is basically a great career choice. It is a very fulfilling path of profession to choose. That said, just like in the case of any other career path, this one too is not without its many different challenges. Here are some of the main challenges that are faced by teaching assistants.

Student behaviour that is challenging

Children come with different types of personalities and requirements and it is not like you get a manual to handle them. Each case is unique and the kind of methods that will need to be implemented will also be different from one another. When a teaching assistant has to deal with difficult student behavior it can be straining on them. Sometimes this can be a constant issue throughout the school day.

The increasing workload and conflicting demand

Almost all of the teaching assistants say that they are finding the workload expectations unfeasible. They seem to be given a lot of things to handle and very little time in which to cover all of it. This has often reduced teaching assistant to tears as their mental and physical health both take a toll in the race against time to finish all of the tasks that they are being allocated as best as possible.

Lack of a clear job description

One of the other commonly voiced concerns that many teaching assistants seem to have is that there is a lack of a clearly outlined job description and that there are multiple roles assigned. This lack of clarity confuses them and also means that they need to be working on many different roles on a daily basis.

While there may be many challenges faced by the teaching assistant community it still remains that this job is one that is on high demand and is also rather rewarding. At 1Training you have a whole section of programmes that can help you pave your way towards this career.

Level 3 Award in Education and Training – AET (Formerly PTTLS)

Our Level 3 Award in Education and Training is a great way to get into teaching.

Teachers play a crucial role in society and can have a huge impact on the lives of their students, making it a worthwhile career. Not only is it a highly satisfying job, it is a profession which is in huge demand at the moment. If you want to make a difference in the world, this is the course for you. It is suitable for those already working in education hoping to gain formal recognition of their skills, and for those with no teaching experience.

This training course will start off by enlightening you on the role, responsibilities and duties of a teacher. You will understand the importance of your presence in the life of students and on how to make a positive change in them using your teaching authority. Inclusive teaching and learning is a very important concept in an educational setting. Therefore, this course has also made it possible for you to learn about it, along with an insight into assessing students and their work.

After the training session, you will be required to perform micro teaching, so that the tutors can assess your teaching skills and to work on the areas you need improvement.

Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools with Official Certification

The NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools will allow you to develop a firm understanding of the knowledge needed when working directly with children and young people in school environments. The Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools covers children and young people’s development, safeguarding their welfare and communication and professional relationships. The Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools is suitable for learners not yet working in a Level 3 school role but could achieve at this level. In addition, this Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools is suitable as initial training.

Our learning material is available to students 24/7 anywhere in the world, so it’s extremely convenient. These intensive online courses are open to everyone, as long as you have an interest in the topic! We provide world-class learning led by IAP, so you can be assured that the material is high quality, accurate and up-to-date.

Interested in pursuing a career as a teaching assistant? Contact our team on for more information.




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