Best Practice

Maximising the impact of teaching assistants

Support staff
Charged with transforming the impact of her school's large team of teaching assistants, Louisa Roberts focused on enhancing CPD, revising appraisals, and clarifying their roles…

St John and St James CE Primary School in Edmonton is larger than the average-sized primary school with 450 pupils. It recently moved from single to two-form entry and there are now two classes in every year in the school with a nursery.

The pupils come from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds. Almost three quarters are of Black British, Black African or Black Caribbean heritage. Over half of all pupils in the school do not speak English as their first language. The proportion of pupils who are known to be eligible for Pupil Premium is well above average.

In September 2014, almost one in five of the pupils were supported through School Action. The proportion of pupils who received extra support through School Action Plus or a statement of SEN was average. In September 2014, the number of class teaching assistants and SEN teaching assistants outnumbered the number of class teachers.

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