5 Reasons why you should become a teaching assistant

A teaching assistant role can be one of the most rewarding careers available, especially if you love making a difference to children's lives. So if you're thinking about studying to become a teaching assistant then check out these 5 reasons why you should:

Help support students

Teaching assistants make a real difference to a classroom. They support the learning of pupils and give one-to-one help with those that need extra assistance. So if you want to support the development of a child's learning and help them progress, then becoming a teacher assistant is perfect for you!

Every day is different

No two days are ever the same when you’re a teaching assistant and sometimes you may even come across a few surprises.  But this is what makes the job so unique. One day you could be helping pupils learn to read and another day you could be creating props and backdrops for school plays!


Helping students achieve their full potential can be very rewarding. Whether you’ve helped them learn to read or solve a maths problem, that proud moment you see the child’s face will make it all worthwhile!

Flexible hours

One of the best benefits of becoming a teaching assistant is the hours. Working a school means you will only work school hours and get roughly 12 weeks holiday per year – not many other positions allow you to have so much holiday time!  This job is perfect if you have children within the education system, as you do not have to arrange child care for out of school hours.

When you become a Teaching Assistant it's a stepping stone to further Qualifications

If your dream is to become a teacher, an assistant role is a great way to get your foot in the door. The experiences gained when you become a teaching assistant are invaluable so learn as much as you can!
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Sharnie Carter

Passionate about marketing and education. Currently studying a CIM Level 6 Diploma in Professional Marketing via distance learning. When I'm not working or studying, I'm spending time with my young son and husband or hinching!

5 Reasons why you should become a teaching assistant