Great Teaching: How to be a Great Teaching Assistant

Suitable for: Teaching assistant, LTA

Course code Keystages Presented by
PTL117 Foundation; KS1; KS2
  • Ian Richardson (Primary Consultant)

This course is part of a series of courses using evidence-based research to develop, and embed, 'great' teaching and learning. In this course we will:
Examine the role of the teaching assistant in supporting pupils' learning
Understand how questions can be used to scaffold and challenge pupils' learning
Consider the importance of extending academic vocabulary and modelling Standard English in the classroom
Review resources which will support teaching assistants with their understanding of the curriculum

Teaching assistants can be used to support pupils learning in a variety of ways: 1-1, group interventions, whole class support. This course aims to help all teaching assistants to support learning, however they are deployed.
This course will help teaching assistants to focus on pupils' learning rather than completing tasks. Questioning is an essential strategy of formative assessment and participants will practise asking questions to scaffold and challenge learning in different contexts. Vocabulary is a key element in addressing gaps in learning and improving pupils' outcomes. The course will examine practical strategies for developing pupils' vocabulary, including academic vocabulary, as well as the importance of modelling Standard English. Resources that will support subject knowledge will be reviewed, including resources from the National Curriculum and Lancashire.

This course will run over two sessions and participants will be expected to attend both sessions.

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