Professional Standards for Teaching Assistants


Teaching Assistants, we all have them these days and jolly useful they are too. In my experience they are incredibly skilled and highly trained. Many are left in front of classes in the absence of a teacher, others are charged with leading intervention strategies and some have highly specialised roles that many teachers can’t carry out. I am in awe of the vast army of TAs in my school alone and I marvel at some of the tasks they do without batting an eye lid. These people are, by and large, hugely talented.

In my role as SLE for SEND I deliver some twilight training for TAs around the subject of how they can further their own career. I think it is wrong to assume that all TAs are wannabe teachers, many aren’t. They like the unpaid holidays and the relatively stress free weekends and teaching is not what they…

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