Working effectively with Teaching Assistants by @stecks1992

Name: Chloe Stecko
Twitter name: @stecks1992
Sector: Secondary
Subject taught (if applicable):
Position: Teaching Assistant
What is your advice about? Working effectively with Teaching Assistants

  1. Be proactive. You are responsible for your students’ progress. Direct your TA to assist with the progress of learning.
  2. Have frequent conversations with TA’s about the students they work with and their progression. Learners need to change over time.
  3. Work out strategies to best support SEND students – seating plans, behaviour. Consult your TA with this.
  4. Often, students will say ‘you’re only a teaching assistant you can’t do that.’ Back up your TA, they will back you up and want to help more.
  5. Be prepared if a TA isn’t in your lesson, there are sometimes last minute changes to be made and no one to cover. How can you support your SEND students if a TA isn’t there?
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