Maximising Your Effectiveness as a TA in a C21st Classroom

Do you want to find out what the most effective TA’s really do? Do you want to enhance your approaches to supporting pupils with Literacy and Numeracy issues? Do you want to attend a course full of realistic and practical ideas to help you do this?

Steve Garnett

Steve Garnett has been a teacher for 24 years. He has delivered INSETs to over 7,000 teachers over the past 10 years in the UK, Ireland and across Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. Teachers who have attended Steve's courses have regularly described them as 'inspirational'. trainer profile

The Teaching Assistant can be highly valued asset in the classroom. The key though is to identify what are and what aren’t the best value interventions the TA can make. This course will offer practical, lesson ready strategies to support you in improving the Literacy and Numeracy skills of the pupils you support.

Whilst this course will focus upon work with mainstream pupils there will be clear reference to EAL and SEN Pupils.

Course Aims:

  • An understanding of the evidence about what the most effective TAs really do
  • A whole range of proven Literacy and Numeracy strategies you can apply to your pupils
  • A clear understanding of the techniques and resources you will need through ‘hands on’ and practical training
  • Clear and obvious upskilling and a deeper understanding of best classroom practice.

Full Course Content

Session 1: Setting the context

  • Describe what we know an effective TA does and does not do
  • Identify the barriers to Literacy and Numeracy some pupils face
  • Outline the best strategies to improve Literacy and Numeracy
  • Showcase how the TA can apply what we know works best

Session 2: Literacy Interventions

  • Focus on the 3 core aspects of Literacy (reading, writing and oracy)
  • Support with writing - spellings, Language for Learning, extending writing
  • Support with reading - various ways of reading
  • Support with oracy - building more confident speakers

Session 3: Numeracy Interventions

  • Focus on the 3 core aspects of Numeracy (data, measuring and number)
  • Strategies to support number work
  • Strategies to support measuring work
  • Strategies to support data work