That was fantastic. I feel so inspired to make a difference at my schoolLeigh Conchman, Teaching Assistant, Longacre School
Schools in England employ 380,000+ Teaching Assistants and the average school spend on Teaching Assistants is about £200,000 per year, so with all these human resources available its essential that schools unlock the potential of this often-undervalued group of professionals through high quality CPD.
Avoid a negative impact on pupil attainment
The status quo is not an option! The evidence from the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) is clear: poor TA deployment has a negative impact on attainment!
Effective Teaching Assistant deployment can improve pupil progress
Research on TAs delivering targeted interventions in one to-one or small group settings shows a consistent impact on attainment of approximately three to four additional months’ progress (effect size 0.2–0.3). Crucially, these positive effects are only observed when TAs work in structured settings with high quality support and training.
Are you in charge of TA deployment in your school? Looking to maximise their impact?
Take a look at our research-based CPD on Unlocking TA PotentialJMC Teaching & Learning Team
Who is this INSET for ?
This INSET is designed to up-skill Teaching Assistants, providing a practical toolkit of strategies for 1:1 & small group interventions.
Suitable for :
- Teaching Assistants
- Learning Support Assistants
- Cover supervisors
- Supply teachers
- other Support Staff such as School Librarians & Technicians
Ofsted and the Teaching Assistant
Finally, if according to Ofsted some of the TAs in our primary and secondary schools are not being utilised properly, we as teachers must remember that genuinely outstanding teaching comes from collaboration – we know that no teacher is great alone.
- helping pupils develop independent study skills and manage their own learning.
- delivering high-quality one-to-one and small group support using structured interventions
- Adopting evidence-based interventions in small group and one-to-one instruction
- Complementing what is being taught in the classroom.
“Many TAs are walking into classes blind—they just have to listen to teachers talk to the class to figure out what they are supposed to be doing.”TES Article
Supporting Learning Activities as a Teaching Assistant
- Complementing learning objectives & outcomes in the classroom
- Engaging pupils in metacognitive questioning
- Planning high quality one-to-one and small group interventions
Developing pupils Independence & self-regulation
- Stimulating intellectual curiosity and student-led research
- Developing an autonomous and enquiring critical disposition
- Techniques to support independent and reflective learning
- Promoting student self-assessment strategies
Improving Literacy, Oracy & Numeracy skills
- Developing purposeful pupil talk
- Scaffolding oracy around learning
- Evidence-based TA-led literacy and numeracy interventions
Positive Behaviour Management strategies in the classroom
- Supporting the class teacher
- Developing expectations, clarity and consistency in learning relationships.
- Understanding positive behaviour management strategies
- Supporting the school approach to behaviour management with confidence.
Are you responsible for the TAs and LSA’s in your School ?
We have a number of high practical specialist training courses for support staff- take a look for at our TA and LSA INSET courses ready to book for your school.
This was one of the best INSETs we have ever had!Andy Iturralde, Teaching Assistant, Claremont Fan Court School