August 8th, 2014
On July 29th, the Department of Education published a new version of the Special Educational Needs and Disability (or SEND) Code of Practice, to come into force as of September 2014 with a transition period until 2017. Like the 2001 Code, this document still very much focuses on the inclusion of children with special educational [...]Why there’s no such thing as “just a teaching assistant”
August 1st, 2014
“Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.” – Rita Pierson This is a phrase I hear all too often. Asking someone what they do and getting the reply “Oh, [...]
Published on October 1st, 2010
We were delighted to visit the school to undertake training on the 20th & 21st Spetember 2010.
All of the school’s Learning Support Assistants from the Foundation Stage to Year Six joined with those employed within the Student Services Faculty for this intensive two day professional development programme, focussing on a variety or areas relating to the role of a LSA.
The sessions were a mixture of lecture, tutorial and practical application and afforded all delegates the opportunity to discuss and question key components of their role in a professional context. The LSAs received specific training in how to work as an effective Learning Support Assistant, how to support bilingual learners and how to provide additional challenge for our most able students.
The Foundation Stage and Year One LSAs also received specific tuition in the principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum document and how they can effectively support the assessment process.
During the sessions the LSAs were informed of the core competencies relating to current UK legislation alongside the key occupational standards for an LSA.
The TA College are delighted that BIS value highly the role which their LSAs play in supporting learning within the classroom.
To further develop our partnership, a staff development meeting was held for all the teaching staff providing an opportunity to learn about how best they can utilise the skills of their LSAs.
The school advise us that the two day training event is just the beginning of a process of investment in the individual development of each of their LSAs and the invaluable contribution they make to the learning of all their children. The CPD is a central component of the school improvement planning and they aim to raise standards of attainment and achievement for all their students.
Some other reactions we received:
‘ I learned a lot, I thoroughly enjoyed the training’
‘The workshop made me realise the importance of my role in school and has given me confidence to work more closely with the teacher’
‘I received lots of ideas and information of how to be a more effective LSA’