Teaching Assistant

LTA Expectations (Roles and Responsibles)

The job scope of the Teacher Assistant (TA) is as follows:

  • The LTA is to carry out their specific scope as assigned by the school
  • The three key areas are Learning Support, Special Programmes and Resource Management.
  • The LTAs function as a Teacher aid/co-teacher in areas such as care for the children, after-school activities, morning/recess/lunch duties, activities and school events.

Students’ well-being

  • Provide Care
  • Be Attentive to the needs of the child, develop the child, not do everything for them.
  • Need to guide them first as some children are more independent than others.
  • Guide the children in learning and independent skills
  • Conflict management

Morning Duty (Preschool)

  • Assemble at the front gate to receive the children.
  • Check overall well-being of the children
  • Check their attire/personal grooming

 Morning Duty (Primary)

  • Assemble at the front gate/assembly area to receive the children.
  • Ensure children go to the toilet before 8.15 am
  • Check their attire/personal grooming
  • Ensure children in class on time
  • Lining up/seated properly at all times

During Lessons

  • Assist the teachers with the work given to the children
    • Assist / guide children when worksheets are being completed (not give them the answers but guide them to finding the answer) or when doing classwork
  • Be polite and not to question the teachers in front of the children
  • Oversee student movement between classes (e.g. mandarin and PE)
    • Ensure students to be quiet, so that they do not disturb other classes. Ask the teacher to help if the children do not listen to you.
    • Be in time for the next lesson (avoid releasing the children too early or too late)
  • If not sure, always clarify with the teachers
  • Speak to Head of School/Principal if not sure


  • Oversee student toilet routine and handwashing
  • Check that children to wipe and clean themselves well, assist the children if necessary
  • Ensure children go in pairs for safety reasons.

Morning Snack/Lunch Time

  • Ensure children wash their hands
  • Guide the children to go to the toilet
  • Teach them to dry themselves up
  • Canteen and outdoor play duties – need to be vigilant at all times
  • One LTA has break time 11 to 12 and the other from 1 to 2 pm or as long as there is one LTA in class at any point in time.

Sick Child

  • Take sick/unwell students to the school nurse
  • If seizure, follow SOP
  • Do not allow children to go to sick bay alone

End of Day

  • Daily cleaning up and tidying up of the classroom, materials and school manipulatives/toys and preparation of materials/resources
  • Oversee that all students take their phonics words, homework books and reading books home everyday – teachers to train group leaders to assist the TAs.
  • TAs to assist teachers in monitoring the reading levels of the children.
  • Check & get students to tidy their lockers before the end of the day
  • Check student stationery daily – fetch more stationery from admin if necessary, pencils etc to ensure that each student does not run out of stationery etc.
  • Collect stationery and Art supplies for the class from Admin.
  • Water bottles to go home daily (teachers to reinforce with the children, LTAs to assist in monitoring).
  • School caps to go home every Friday for washing LTAs to assist in monitoring.
  • LTAs to ensure that the children are fetched correctly by the right parents at all times, assist the security during pick up time.

Support for Teachers

  • photocopy, laminate, help file worksheets in students’ files (teach older children to file themselves with your monitoring).
  • Basic computer skills – find theme related pictures and print the same if asked to do so by the teacher.
  • Preparation for learning resources


  • Ensure all children’s items are labelled.
  • Always check before deciding to do anything different from the instructions given to you.


Learning support to students

Co-teach with teachers (when appropriate, case by case)


  • Open to feedback
  • Willing to learn
  • Willing to contribute
  • Willing to ask questions
  • Positive and not being calculative
  • Have initiative to assist/help the teachers and colleagues


Training to be given

WS and excel



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