the Dragonfly journal

Developing the role of the Teaching Assistant in the Classroom

By Steve Garnett

During September I had the pleasure of meeting over 200 Teaching Assistants from around the country. This took me all the way from Birmingham to Surrey  and from Ipswich to London.

 What became very clear to me was that there was a very specific training need for teaching assistants which currently isn't being met. For sure the teaching assistant will attend whole staff Insets alongside their teacher colleagues. But they have all told me that they haven't seen a training course that is specifically pitched at their role.

 We at Dragonfly Training Ltd have attempted to put that right!

 The TA is becoming an increasingly important part of the school workforce. There are approximately 380,000 TAs employed in schools across England - close to rivalling the number of full-time qualified teachers (438,000).

 With this kind of number schools have to look very closely at how effectively they are using their TAs and more importantly assessing the impact they have on pupil learning. 

The course we offer uses the most up to date information on how to make the best use of the teaching assistant.

 It makes strong research based suggestions about the best TAs do. Come and find out what they are and how you implement them when working with TSa yourself. This is what TAs who have attended the training have made of it