I have never doubted the hugely positive impact that teaching assistants (TAs) make in schools, not just on pupil attainment but also in providing pastoral support and making it easier for teachers to focus on teaching.
Over the years, UNISON has collected plenty of supporting evidence for this from school leaders, parents and teachers, as well as TAs themselves. Headteachers in particular have told us that they appreciate the role of TAs in structured and targeted interventions, support for teachers, liaison with parents, as well as links with other agencies.
TAs have been even more prominent during the pandemic. We have collected hundreds of examples of how TAs have supported pupils through our “Stars in our Schools” annual celebrations. Here’s just a taster:
Register now, read forever
Thank you for visiting Headteacher Update and reading some of our content for professionals in primary education. Register now for free to get unlimited access to all content.
Unlimited access to news, best practice articles and podcasts
New content and e-bulletins delivered straight to your inbox every Monday
Already have an account? Sign in here