Teaching Assistants and SEN Staff

The Staff Room work with mainstream primary and specialist schools providing Teaching Assistants (TA’s) for general classroom support, 1:1 support and more specialist SEN supporting roles.  

Classroom Teaching Assistants

Class TA’s help the class teachers carry out the lessons plans they have created and contribute to learning objectives in the classroom. The role can vary a lot in regards from school to school, class to class and from day to day.

TA’s may be asked to work with small groups or individuals with more targeted assistance to allow them to progress quickly, sometimes a teaching assistant may be asked to take the whole class (although in theory this should only be HLTA’s). Other duties may include hall and lunch time supervision and assisting with the preparation of the classroom.

Special Educational Needs (SEN) Teaching Assistants

SEN TA’s work within mainstream and special needs schools either supporting the class teacher or working on a one to one basis with a particular child. To work as a SEN TA you would need to have general TA experience or have experience working within an SEN childcare environment.  It would also be benefical if you are Team Teach trained. 

How we can help

We can offer you:

  • Day to day assignments, giving you complete flexibility. 
  • Short to long-term assignments, ranging from 1week to 3 terms. 
  • Regular work, either full or part time providing a long-term guaranteed income.
  • Permanent opportunities. We recruit on behalf of our schools for their permanent vacancies so if you are considering a new challenge please get in touch.

To register with us, you will be required to complete an application pack, attend a face-to-face interview with one of our experienced consultants and to successfully complete all Staff Room safeguarding checks. 

If you are interested in working within a TA or SEN TA role with the Staff Room, you can register by completing a registration form or you can call us direct on 01604 633234 for roles in Northamptonshire or 01908 014320 for roles in Milton Keynes or 01234 987072 for roles in Bedford.  Our recruitment line is open 8:00am – 5:30pm, Monday – Friday.  One of our friendly team will be more than pleased to answer any questions you may have.

The Staff Room is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all our staff to share this commitment.


Frequently asked questions

To work as a classroom TA we require a minimum of 6 months experience (in the last 5 years) supporting children in a childcare environment.  You must also hold GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in English and Maths. You do not need to have any formal qualifications to work as a TA but there are a number of nationally recognised qualifications for teaching assistants that are available. Contact you local college for details.

Anyone that wants to work in schools must complete an extremely thorough and rigorous background checking process. On average it takes around 2-3 weeks to be cleared to work, but this does depend on the DBS check, references and any other checks that will need to be completed.