How teaching assistants can make a real difference in the classroom
The key to success, it seems, is for TAs and teachers to developing a good working partnership. Following new research in February, the Education Endowment Foundation said: Behind-the-scenes efforts are critical to success, says TA Liz Byrne, who works at a primary school in Oxfordshire.
Participation in planning, so that TAs have the opportunity to fully grasp the aims of a lesson, is now standard practice at the school. Another key issue is how TAs should use their time in the classroom.
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Are they most effective when supporting the most needy children, or does this set-up prevent these pupils from getting enough attention from the class teacher? She identifies those who may benefit from additional one-to-one time with the TA and offers guidance.
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The key, then, is to develop the kind of working relationship that empowers TAs. The key, then, is to develop the kind of working relationship that empowers TAs. Each will have skills and a style of working that is individual to them, and their interests and ambitions will vary just as much.
TAs are still trained in how to run interventions, she says, but this element of their job has been reduced to an absolute minimum, to maximise their time with pupils in class.
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But one of the most crucial skills a TA can have is an ability able to look on the bright side, she adds. Join the Guardian Teacher Network for lesson resources, comment and job opportunities , direct to your inbox.
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