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Support with Vision

Landing yourself a support role within a school is a great way to gain first-hand classroom experience or if you have previous experience, it will further allow you to develop your career in education. Your exact tasks will vary, depending on the role and school you are in, but one aspect that is always constant is that we will be there to help and support and develop your skills in the classroom to ensure that you succeed in the role.

We provide free of charge CPD courses so whether you are looking to become Team Teach trained, develop your behaviour management skills, become a teacher or learn new skills, we are always looking for individual’s that want to make a difference.

We want to reward the hard work, passion and dedication you show on a daily basis to the pupils you work with and whose lives you want to improve. That’s why in addition to free CPD and training, we also arrange regular social events and provide a support network to meet other individuals in education.

At Vision, you will work with a team of people that take the time to understand you, what role you are looking for, in the types of schools you want to work in and the location you wish to travel too. It’s then up to us, to find you as many opportunities as possible so you can choose the role that rights for you"

GRADUATES - WANT A CAREER IN EDUCATION

Over the last few years there has been a significant increase in graduate recruitment in schools. Graduates play an essential part of school life whether as a teaching assistant, cover supervisor or in other support roles.

For most graduates, schools will offer you fantastic experience that will open up teacher training routes, should you wish to pursue a career in the classroom.

As a graduate you can explore a range of pathways into primary and secondary teaching in the UK and discover which is best suited to your skills and career ambitions, to help you decide if teaching is right for you.

We’ll work hard to find the right school for you and provide expert advice. If you're unsure on which age or subject would suit you best, we can provide experience in a range of contexts, so you can observe and be involved in school life, speak to the teaching staff about the challenges and rewards of teaching in their setting and find your ideal path into teaching.

The skills and qualities required to become an effective teacher include:

  • Proven ability to relate to pupils and their parents/carers, from previous experience in a school. This will develop your awareness of how to inspire and motivate pupils to promote good working relationships
  • Enthusiasm for the subjects you teach, with an interest in current educational issues and knowledge of the subject you teach sufficient for the age range and the curriculum they learn. This will enable you to build good foundations for effective learning
  • The ability to convey your knowledge to the students in an engaging and understandable way. Inspirational teachers develop excellent communication skills through their work with young people and can teach the curriculum in a variety of ways to students who have diverse learning styles to ensure achievement for all
  • Confidence in your ability and the capacity to be a good role model even when under pressure
  • Great organisational skills, as teachers often need to balance many demands, including pupil's needs, lesson preparation and differentiation and behaviour management
  • Dedication, commitment and resilience. Excellent teachers reflect on their experiences and adapt their approach, constantly learning and improving
  • The ability to deal with conflict and be patient and calm in sometimes stressful situations
  • Integrity, which enables pupils, colleagues and parents/carers to be able to trust you as a teacher
  • And a good sense of humour, with an engaging and inspiring personality always helps…

Once you've decided which age range and subject you'd like to teach, we will look for a route which gives you the relevant experience!

How to get into teaching

To be eligible for postgraduate teacher training, you'll need a minimum of a 2:2 degree, plus other requirements such as a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

We can help you find a school to undertake Initial Teacher Training (ITT) or Initial Teacher Education (ITE) which leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in England and Wales. It's also possible to find you opportunities to teach in academies, free schools, independent schools and further education (FE) colleges even without QTS.

SEND TA’S

The main reason that most people enjoy working with children with SEND is how rewarding an experience it is to make a visible impact to a child’s life forever. The 2014 ‘The Children and Families Act’ brought a clear expectation that most pupils with SEND would be taught in a mainstream school, and that every educator would be helping to make a positive difference.

The first thing to remember is that no two children with special needs are alike. They may share the same diagnosis, but they may present themselves and behave very differently in the classroom. It is essential to focus on raising aspirations of children, young people and everyone around them.

From a child on the Autistic Spectrum to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) to Dyslexia to Learning Difficulties and Disabilities (LDD) to Behaviour challenges, the main aim for all of these children is inclusion. As an educator, it is your job to work out how to include these children in all lessons and activities.

Our advice has always been to ignore the label and to look at the child in front of you. Think about how you can help them. Think about communication methods. Give the child a way to let you know if they don’t understand as this will make many behaviour problems magically disappear. Create a SEND friendly classroom. A classroom fit for a child with SEND is a classroom that is good for all children.

Above all else have fun! Pupils with SEND will stretch and challenge you but they will also bring you great rewards when they master something you never thought they would. Then you receive the ultimate job satisfaction when you cherish those breakthrough moments and learn from every single child.

If you are interested in working in SEND, please contact our specialist department to see how we can help you gain experience with SEND and become Team Teach trained.

A special needs teaching assistant’s role is to support students with learning, physical or behavioural difficulties. A demanding, yet ultimately rewarding job, you may be required to work in a Special Educational Needs (SEND) school, or in a mainstream classroom / base. Depending on the needs and severity of the student’s condition, you may be expected to work one-to-one with an individual pupil, or with a small group of children in a larger classroom situation.

Day-to-day, your job will involve helping the student in the classroom, under the supervision of the teacher in charge. You’ll be expected to encourage children to communicate with others, understand instructions and be confident in their learning.

Sometimes the child’s needs will be manifested in areas related to speech, language and communication difficulties, so your job will involve using your skills and training to help with these issues. You may also be expected to help the student with personal care which could including feeding and toileting.

Key skills to be a good SEND Teaching Assistant:

  • Consistent behaviour management skills
  • Able to relate to different students’ needs
  • A good team player
  • Open to assisting students with personal care
  • Hands on approach
  • Patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • The ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • To be flexible and open to change
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge of psychology

LSA / TA

Supporting learning in the classroom can have many different responsibilities. We often refer to Teaching Assistants or TA’s as having an “octopus’ role”, because you juggle so many things at once!

On a typical day (if there is such a thing in education) you could expect helping the teacher to keep children focussed during the lesson. Working with small groups of children to improve their understanding of lessons and raise attainment in the classroom is very rewarding.

Your role is to work with children who have additional learning needs to give them the extra support they need. You might find yourself helping to keep the classroom neat and organised, and display boards looking amazing and adding value to the lives of the students wherever you can!

We run lots of courses to help personal and career development in the classroom from Team Teach to behaviour management, to help with curriculum. If you would like to find out more about how we can help you contact us today!

BUSINESS MANAGERS / HR / ADMIN

A school business manager (SBM), who can also be known as a bursar, is a senior member of non-teaching staff responsible for managing non-teaching activity in a school.

Any logistical or administrative aspects of the daily running of a school including the school’s strategic decision making are done by the business manager, which in turn frees up the senior leadership team to focus on leading teaching and learning.

Further to the role of a bursar, who will be involved purely in the financial management of the school, the SBM have a broader remit. Broader day to day duties of the school business manager can include:

  • Leadership and Strategy - Attending senior management meetings, negotiating and influencing strategic decision making, plan and manage change in accordance with the school development.
  • Financial recourse management - Discuss, negotiate and agree the final budget, maintain a strategic financial plan and requirements of the school development plan.
  • Administration Management - Manage the whole school administrative process, define responsibilities, information and support for staff.
  • Human Resource Management - Manage the payroll services for all school staff including the management of pension schemes, ensure the school’s equality policy is clearly communicated to all staff and adhered to, monitor the way policies and procedures are actioned and provide support where necessary.
  • Health and Safety - Act as the school’s Health and Safety Co-ordinator and Fire Officer, plan and maintain records of fire drills and alarm tests, ensure the school’s written health and safety policy statement is clearly communicated and available to all people.

HLTA

A Higher-Level Teaching Assistant carries out all the tasks that regular TAs do with an increased level of responsibility. For instance, an HLTA may lead small groups or cover whole classes in the absence of a teacher.

To become an HLTA you should already be a Teaching Assistant and will need to achieve a nationally recognised qualification at Level 2 or above in English/Literacy and Maths/Numeracy. The next step is to complete an HLTA preparation course through the Local Authority.

If you are interested in becoming an accredited HLTA, please contact us to see how we can help.

COVER SUPERVISOR

Many schools use cover supervisors to carry out pre-prepared lessons when a member of the teaching staff is absent. A cover supervisor’s role does not require Qualified Teacher Status, but generally experience working in a classroom setting or previous work that involves behaviour management is essential. The expectations are to manage the classroom, ensuring pupils remain on task with the work that has been set.

Cover supervising suits people with good behaviour management skills, who want flexible working and those who particularly enjoy working in secondary schools. Graduates often use it is as a way to work out whether they want to pursue a career in teaching.

If you’re interested in becoming a Cover Supervisor, contact us today to find out more about our opportunities, free training and shadow days that we can arrange for you.

TECHNICIAN

Technicians play a vital role in the provision of high-quality teaching in schools, especially in Science departments. The role offers great variety, from looking after laboratory equipment, preparing experiments and even helping pupils achieve their potential with one-to-one support.

What’s involved

Working conditions are extremely varied, with some staff working on their own (usually in smaller schools) to others forming part of a team. Science Technicians take on a wide range of tasks at work, which usually include some of the following:

  • maintaining equipment
  • constructing and modifying apparatus
  • setting up experiments
  • taking an active part in laboratory demonstrations
  • ordering resources and keeping budgets
  • helping in practical classes
  • giving technical help to pupils and students
  • always meeting current health and safety standards

INSTRUCTOR

Working in education can be incredibly rewarding and there are a number of teacher training routes you can take, including the PGCE.

However sometimes a school may choose to employ staff with specialist skills in a particular subject as an instructor.

An Instructor might also be a qualified teacher who is past their 5 year induction period. This means that they can no longer do daily supply in a school as a Qualified Teacher and they must go in as an Instructor.

At the discretion of the school and their governing body, if they have the right subject knowledge and experience, anyone can potentially work in schools as an Instructor.

NURSERY WORKERS

A Nursery Nurse is a qualified individual who is trained to look after young children and babies within a nursery or preschool setting.

They provide care for children usually up to seven years old and have a number of other different responsibilities including maintaining and organizing the environment, supervising activities, feeding meals, snacks and drinks, teaching life skills, changing nappies or helping with toilet training and well as working closely with other health and social care professionals. They may also be involved in progress tracking and keeping a close eye on children’s development during their time within the nursery.

Nursery Nurse roles tend to be fairly flexible in terms of the number of hours that are needed. Some nurseries like to have full time staff to ensure consistency whilst others allow part time or job shares to allow children to get used to a wide variety of people.

In order to be a Nursery Nurse, you are required to have achieved a CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education, a BTEC National Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development or an NVQ Level 3 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development amongst others. These qualifications usually take around a year to complete, however plenty of students have completed it in less time (some in just 3 or 4 months!).

It all depends on outside commitments and dedication to the course. Those with a Nursery Nurse qualification are always in demand so the chance of us finding them great work to suit their needs are very high!

It’s a fun, rewarding and challenging job that will be perfect for you if you’re energetic, motivated, creative and organized. You should also be dedicated and responsible whilst having a keen sense of humour!

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