• 1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
  • Teaching Assistant in SEND Department One-to-one with different 11-16 yr olds with varying Educational and Physical Disabilities. Working along-side 12-16 other TA's and 3 SEND teachers. School Educational trips and experiences. Completing responses in Home-School diaries and corresponding with parents. Teaching lessons and assisting teaching and learning of students with prospects off qualifications, and social and work skills for those who will not.


  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
  • Gained a greater understanding of the impact of SEND and the variety of different needs. First Aid at Work Training and Hoist Training for children with severe disabilities. Working as a team in a high pressure and emotionally intense environment


  • 3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
  • Plan on going into a career in SEND and Education. Great team to work with and an excellent Senior Leadership Team. Wonderful school with an integrated SEND and Mainstream education, promoting understanding


  • 4. How valued do you feel by Secondary School?
  • Incredibly valued, and offered a permanent position within the team. Gaining more and more responsibilities


  • 5. How well organised/structured is your programme?
  • Full training and induction on INSET days before term started, support throughout term from other TA's and teachers within SEND department


  • 6a. How much support do you receive from your training provider?
  • As much as required, after formal training weekly meetings held with full team to ensure everyone was comfortable and to raise any concerns/achievements


  • 6b. How much support do you receive from your employer?
  • Full support from Senior Leadership Team with regular feedback and meetings


  • 7. How well does your salary/package meet your costs?
  • Unqualified Skills salary and so tricky to cover all costs, shared house with others in similar position in walking distance. This allowed money for social and living


  • 8. Are there many opportunities outside of work?
  • Fully integrated with the rest of the School staff, opportunities to support trips abroad and volunteer with school initiatives and fundraising activities


  • 9. Would you recommend Secondary School to a friend?
  • Yes

  • 9b. Why?
  • Clarified ideas of future ambitions and gained unforgettable and priceless experiences

  • 10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Secondary School?
  • Confidence in interview and personal statement. Go for all opportunities available and put your name down for everything.


Work Experience

South West

May 2017

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