Dear <<First Name>>,
After a rocky few years, the role of the TA in schools is once again being recognised and solid guidance reports have recently been published outlining the ways in which schools are making best use of their TAs resulting in a real difference in the attainment of disadvantaged pupils.
The 'Supporting the attainment of disadvantaged pupils: articulating success and good practice' report published by the DfE a couple of weeks ago, states that schools which have been more successful in raising the performance of disadvantaged pupils have put the basics in place (especially addressing attendance and behaviour, setting high expectations, focusing on the quality of teaching and developing the role of TAs). The importance of ensuring TAs have the necessary training was stressed as a vital factor.
The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) have also released a superb report 'Making the Best use of Teaching Assistants' and as Alex Quigley reports in his latest article in TES magazine 'their advice is clear and we should take heed of it to maximise a precious resource. When we that TAs as they should be treated and train them appropriately, we will reap the benefits'. (TES 20 Nov 2015).
In the report there are four key recommendations with which we heartily agree:
1 – TAs should not be used as an informal teaching resource for low-attaining pupils
2 – Use TAs to add value to what teachers do, not replace them
3 – Use TAs to help pupils develop independent learning skills and manage their own learning
4 – Ensure that TAs are fully prepared for their role in the classroom
With the release of our 'Foundation for Teaching Assistants' training kit last September we knew we were a little ahead of the curve but now we are seeing this new clear evidence coming from all the right places we know we were right on the money!
Our training kit meets all the current guidelines and recommendations so if you are committed to making the best use of your TAs, visit our website to order your pack today.
Kelly Newland and the Leading Education team