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School Support

Teaching Assistants
While a degree is not normally a pre-requisite for a role as a teaching/learning support assistant working in this role will offer you considerable opportunity to develop your skills and understanding within a school setting. This would add value to future job applications working alongside children, including teacher training.  Positions are normally advertised on Local Authority websites and temporary work can be found by contacting teaching and education supply agencies.   Other roles offered by agencies may include Laboratory Technician, Welfare Officers, Special Needs or Inclusion Unit Assistants as well as school administration roles.   If you are already working as a teaching assistant/Learning support assistant but do not meet the academic entry requirements for a degree programme many universities offer Foundation degrees which can be studied part-time.   Foundation degrees are offered in a range of subject areas including:

Primary Teaching and Learning through the Open University Wales
Early Childhood and Learning Support Studies at Bangor University
Inclusive Studies for Teaching Assistants at University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTA)
There is now more support staff employed in schools, working alongside teachers in a wide range of roles undertaking more complex tasks than those of a teaching/learning support assistant.

In Wales, to achieve HLTA status you will need to be working in a school and have your Headteachers endorsement and support as a candidate for HLTA status.   You will go through an assessment process matching the agreed professional standards set out by the Welsh Assembly Guidance. Click here to download a copy of the Welsh Government Teaching and Teaching Qualifications.
Extended School
Extended services are part of the government’s vision for 21st century schools. Nearly all schools are now providing a range of extra activities for children before and after school in addition to childcare, support for parents, community access to facilities and specialist services.   There is a growing demand for services to be graduate-led.
School Administration
School Business Managers / Office Administration / Examinations Officer
Administrative staff provide essential support to the school and can lead to progression to School Business Managers. In England support staff can develop the necessary skills and qualifications by studying for the National College’s Certificate/Diploma of School Business Management. 


Glynd?r University University of South Wales Cardiff Metropolitan University Open University
Bangor University Swansea Metropolitan University Trinity University College Aberystwyth University