CACHE learner Sarah talks about her new career as a TA

In support of National Teaching Assistant Day we spoke to CACHE learner Sarah to find out more about the important impact school support staff have on children’s development and why she loves being a TA.

What made you decide to become a TA?

I decided to go back to college after feeling demotivated in an unrewarding job role. Taking my CACHE qualification opened up a world of opportunities for me, and has meant I’m now able to have a career I love as well as the flexibility I need from a job role.

What’s does your role as a TA involve?

As a Teaching Assistant I’m often responsible for planning activities and coming up with new innovative ways to help the children learn it’s really rewarding to be in a career where my thoughts are valued, and to be in an environment where I can see my ideas put into action every day!

What’s the best thing about being a TA?

Seeing children’s personalities grow as the teaching year goes on. Some of the children in my class started the school year as shy, nervous pupils, so watching them end their first term as confident, outgoing individuals is inspiring!

As a TA you’re able to help them develop and encourage that independence – all the way from using cutlery in reception class to revising for their SATS. They go through so many new experiences while at primary school, and you get to see first-hand see how trying and embracing new things helps them learn and mature.

What’s the highlight of your working day?

That moment when I’m working with a learner that has been finding it difficult to grasp a particular topic, and then they finally understand. Watching their faces light up and beam with pride - that’s when I know I’m really making a difference.

Sarah took the CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools, and is now a Teaching Assistant at a Primary School in the North East.