March 22, 2022

Foundations of Good Practice for Teaching Assistants – Summer 2022

This course will ensure that Teaching Assistants are equipped with the knowledge, skills and strategies which are required to support Quality First Teaching and enable pupils to get back on track.

Why join this course for Teaching Assistants?

This programme will ensure that TAs are equipped with the knowledge, skills and strategies which are required to support Quality First Teaching and enable pupils to get back on track.

The course consists of 10 sessions that will cover a wide range of topics that will enable TAs to effectively support learning in both English and Mathematics and to facilitate the learning of SEND pupils across the curriculum.

Teaching assistants will have access to a bank of useful supporting resources for each unit to allow personal learning to turn instantly into professional practice.

What topics will be covered?

Session 1

Supporting Phonics

Session 1

Session 2

Supporting Reading Comprehension

Session 2

Session 3

Supporting Writing

Session 3

Session 4

Supporting Vocabulary Instruction

Session 4

Session 5

Assessment for Learning Strategies

Session 5

Session 6

Understanding the 4 SEND areas of needs

Session 6

Session 7

CPA in Maths

Session 7

Session 8

Questioning in Maths

Session 8

Session 9

The TA as a facilitator to support the learning of SEND pupils in the classroom

Session 9

Session 10

Supporting calculation

Session 10

What are the training objectives?

What are the expected outcomes of this course?

How and when will this course be delivered?

  • The sessions will be delivered via Zoom across the Summer term.

  • A bank of useful supporting resources will be available for each unit to allow personal learning to turn instantly into professional practice

  • Practical and experiential gap tasks will be set and reviewed with the programme tutor and peers, creating a learning network

All sessions will be held from 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Summer '22 Cohort Dates

Who will deliver this course?

Emma Adcock

Emma is a former headteacher, system leader and advanced skills teacher. She regularly provides additional leadership capacity for schools. This additional leadership has previously included: acting head positions, part-time assistant head roles and she has worked across schools as a teaching and learning coach to support Quality First Teaching. Emma is also an experienced trainer who regularly provides training for VNET schools on the following: curriculum design, subject leadership, Reading, Writing, Spelling and the explicit teaching of vocabulary.

Becky Clinton

Becky has worked in primary education for over 20 years, teaching from EYFS to year 6 and has led a number of middle leadership and management roles. She has previously worked for Norfolk County Council (NCC) as a maths advisor and has also worked as a leading maths teacher and SLE. Becky is NCETM professional lead accredited and has worked for the Angles Maths Hub. She is currently a KS1 Lead moderator for NCC and works as an education advisor part-time for a local MAT. Becky has worked for VNET as a maths associate for a number of years and has created a successful maths professional community as well as providing bespoke maths support in schools.

Jan Martin

Jan specialises in working with primary and secondary schools, PRUs, Local Authorities, and independent school groups on a range of school improvement activities with a particular focus on SEN provision. Jan has many years experience as an independent SEN consultant, an Ofsted inspector, and during her time in schools as Head of School Improvement, SENCo and Manager of Special Provision in a wide variety of settings.

How do I take part?

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