Effective teaching assistant deployment in the primary school classroom

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This seven-page Best Practice Focus download offers crucial and practical advice on how to deploy your primary school's teaching assistants effectively in the classroom in order to achieve maximum impact on pupils' outcomes

Does your primary school make the most of its teaching assistants? Do your teachers and teaching assistants work together and communicate effectively before and during lessons?

In this seven-page Best Practice Focus download – which you can access for free via the button below – Sara Alston looks at effective teaching assistant deployment in the classroom in order to achieve maximum impact on pupil outcomes. We also focus on how teachers and teaching assistants can work together before, during and after lessons effectively.

Other topics covered include:

  • Discussion about the role of the teaching assistant.
  • Changing the language of one-to-ones.
  • Moving past the 'Velcro TA'
  • Different models and options for deployment.
  • Supporting learning across the five lesson phases.
  • Communication between teaching assistant and teacher, including feedback.

This Best Practice Focus was published in May 2023 in Headteacher Update's Summer Term Edition 2023. This edition was sent free of charge to every primary school in the country. A digital edition is also available via www.headteacher-update.com/digital-editions/

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