THE ROLE OF A TEACHING ASSISTANT AT BODMIN COLLEGE
Some students in our college find it difficult, for a number of reasons, to achieve their full potential without extra support. This support may be given in the form of a Statement of Special Educational Needs. Where a statement is in place, the support may come from a Teaching Assistant.
At present there are 22 Teaching Assistants who work in Bodmin College, some full time and some part time.
Our days are rewarding, challenging and no two are ever the same. As well as being Teaching Assistants we are mentors, exam invigilators, lunch time supervisors, mini bus drivers and first aiders. We also tutor small groups of children to bolster their English and Maths knowledge. Our Higher Level Teaching Assistants are responsible for Child Protection in the college, they help students manage their behaviour in small group sessions and deliver paired reading sessions and small group literacy work. Another aspect of our expertise is supporting our Dyslexic students. This role is undertaken by a highly qualified Dyslexia specialist, who supports both students and staff in the College.
Our job is to explain tasks very simply, encourage good behaviour and build self-esteem and confidence. We work closely with teaching staff to ensure the best working environment for our students.
In any one day we could be explaining the difference between a brass and a percussion instrument with Year 7 in Learning Zone 1, helping a Year Head with attendance issues at tutor time then supervising homework club at break time. After a quick cup of tea, it may well be into pizza making with Year 8 and then a lunch time duty. Learning Zone 3 could be Geography, Maths, French, Orienteering, Photography, Construction, Drama or Small Animal Care. The possibilities are endless!
In whichever area of the College life we work, we all have one common aim. We want our students, whatever their level of ability, to achieve their full potential, to feel safe and valued as individuals, and to leave Bodmin College as happy and confident young people.