Why schools like Psychology Graduates working as Teaching Assistants


Teaching assistants come from an array of different academic backgrounds, but psychology graduates are often in demand.

The nature of courses and the experience gained frequently means these graduates are well placed to give pupils an array of academic, social and emotional support.

This is particularly the case in SEN education, where teaching assistants may work with pupils with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or those with Social, Emotional or Mental Health (SEMH) needs.

Putting theory into practice

Regardless of whether it’s in primary education, secondary education or SEN, a teaching assistant role can allow a psychology graduate to put their latest theoretical knowledge into practice.

Their broad knowledge and understanding of behavioural issues, and how to manage them, can also be a valuable resource to schools and teachers.

Some of these approaches can help a teaching assistant to build a safe and supportive working environment, which is ultimately beneficial to all pupils.

Strong interpersonal skills

A high range of interpersonal skills are often present among psychology graduates too, and they are naturally inclined to take an interest in behaviour management.

This can enable a teaching assistant to provide tailored one-to-one support and build strong bonds with the pupils they are helping.

They can help to reassure pupils as they embrace primary education and new school settings, or they can provide guidance at secondary level ahead of exams or important life decisions.

Being able to do this forms a key part of helping a pupil to achieve their full potential, so if you’re a psychology graduate who is keen to use your knowledge to help others, get in touch to see if a teaching assistant role could be right for you.

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