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Classroom Assistant

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Education
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€18k > 25
Classroom Assistant
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€18 - 25
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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Classroom assistants work under the supervision of a qualified teacher to assist with classroom activities and learning programmes.


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Classroom assistants are likely to be responsible for a variety of tasks such as handing out work materials (paper, books, paints etc) and clearing away after specific activities. They may help pupils with reading, writing or practical tasks such as painting. If working with very young children they may assist them in getting ready for activities like PE.  They may also have to tend to those who are unwell or who have incurred minor injuries.  
 
They may read aloud, supervise lunch times, class outings and sports events. They are responsible for helping to promote social awareness in the pupils and encouraging learning through play activities.  
 
Classroom assistants are part of an educational team and as such they will have to consult with other professionals such as teachers, social workers, therapists, counselors, parents and carers.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Provide extra assistance to students with special needs, such as non-English-speaking students or those with physical and mental disabilities.

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Supervise students in classrooms, halls, cafeterias, school yards, and gymnasiums, or on field trips.

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Tutor and assist children individually or in small groups to help them master assignments and to reinforce learning concepts presented by teachers.

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Enforce administration policies and rules governing students.

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Discuss assigned duties with classroom teachers to coordinate instructional efforts.

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Instruct and monitor students in the use and care of equipment and materials to prevent injuries and damage.

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Observe students' performance, and record relevant data to assess progress.

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Present subject matter to students under the direction and guidance of teachers, using lectures, discussions, or supervised role-playing methods.

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Prepare lesson materials, bulletin board displays, exhibits, equipment, and demonstrations.

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Organize and supervise games and other recreational activities to promote physical, mental, and social development.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Assisting and Caring for Others: Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Thinking Creatively: Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings: Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Getting Information: Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others: Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.

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Coaching and Developing Others: Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Education and Training: Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Psychology: Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

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Customer and Personal Service: Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Mathematics: Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Learning Strategies: Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

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Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Instructing: Teaching others how to do something.

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Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Service Orientation: Actively looking for ways to help people.

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Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

As a classroom assistant you will have to be enthusiastic in your approach to work. You need to be patient and have good inter-personal skills.  

You will have to be on your feet for long lengths of time so a good degree of physical fitness is essential. You must be responsible and be able to follow detailed instructions. A good sense of humour will be an asset.


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Organisation: Department of Education and Skills
Address: Marlborough St, Dublin 1
Tel: (01) 889 6400
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Organisation: Department of Education and Skills
Address: Marlborough St, Dublin 1
Tel: (01) 889 6400
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Organisation: Irish Learning Support Association (ILSA)
Address: c/o Drumcondra Education Centre, Drumcondra, Dublin 9
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