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A Teaching Assistant at a Mainstream School, by Fiona

Fiona is a great teaching assistant who works in both mainstream and SEN schools through Protocol Education. Her latest ProtoBlog is about her experience working supply in mainstream UK schools.

My Job as a Teaching Assistant

I love working in both Mainstream and Special Educational Needs schools, but I'm going to blog about the joys of working in Mainstream and with different year groups. I have gained a lot of experience in Mainstream with all different year groups. I do find working with year 4 and 5 really challenging but also very rewarding. The activities which I support with them are maths, history topics, English literacy and language, PSHE (which is learning about their individual talents in other aspects of their learning) and art. I also find myself doing a lot of one to one reading with individual students where I listen to them read and fill out their reading records for home and school, and this helps them with their confidence to read out loud and to become more comfortable with sight reading. When I'm supporting in the playground during lunch time or play time, it's great to see the students having loads of fun with their friends. I find myself sometimes getting involved with groups of students mimicking the X Factor, where they are the judges, judging their friends in a singing and dancing contest, and with my Drama School experience it's great fun to be able to get involved and to see great interaction amongst the students while they are having lots of fun (well at least until the bell goes he he he , then it's back to business).

I also like working with the younger year groups too, but it's very different as they are just starting to absorb the subject curriculum. They all have individual personalities, and it's so sweet to hear some of the lines that they come out with during the school day. The one event which is great to be apart of during the summer term is Sports Day as the whole school gets involved and it's a great day with all the races and events. It's nice to see the competitive spirit between all the year groups, and to see them cheering their friends right to the end, and it's also nice to see the students receiving medals of their achievement (smiles all round ) !!!!!

~by Fiona, a teaching assistant working in UK schools through Protocol Education. Click here to register with Protocol Education

Tags: Teach in the UK, Teaching Assistant work, Teach in Nottingham, Supply Teaching, Relief teaching, casual teaching, teaching agencies in London, teaching agencies in the UK, teaching agencies in England

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