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Developing the role of Teaching Assistants and HLTAs in schools

Sharing good practice and developing ideas to promote good quality teaching

This programme has been designed to develop the role of TAs /HLTAs and enable them to share good practice and develop further ideas to promote good quality teaching and learning. It has been organised into core themes which underpin the key requirements of classroom pedagogy. The programme will be delivered through a series of face to face sessions designed by a range of Specialist Leaders of Educations (SLEs) and serving school leaders and sessions will take place in school settings. Delegates are required to attend all sessions within the programme and there will be some reflective tasks connecting the face to face events.

Course dates:

26th September 2019 (9.00am – 12.00pm)

10th October 2019 (9.00am – 12.00pm)

24th October 2019 (12.45pm – 3.30pm)

07th November 2019 (12.45pm – 3.30pm)

21st November 2019 (12.45pm – 3.30pm)

Bookings should be made by emailing clearly stating the name, school and email address of the delegate.

Feedback from support staff developing to become teachers

Learners First has been an amazing experience which has allowed me to develop into a teacher. Initially, you feel alone when starting teacher training however Learners First provides you with a place to build relationships with others in a similar situation.  The workshops are exciting and engaging and provide a greater understanding of what is required to be teacher.  Overall, a fantastic experience that I’ll never forget!

The course was extremely informative, it opened my eyes to a lot of different approaches and techniques that I can not only apply to my current role but also take forward into teaching. The course had a good pace and covered a variety of different aspects in great depth.  It was interesting to get the opportunity to visit different learning environments.

Learners First really made me understand what is needed for me to become a teacher.  It gave me the confidence and structure I needed to support my passion.  It also created a great network, with people in the same situation as I am.  I would recommend Learners First to anyone who is thinking about being a teacher.

Learners First has not only given me the tools I need to teach, but have also made me all the more determined to become the best teacher I can be. Sessions on behaviour management, progress and relationships within schools have been invaluable, as has the opportunity to meet other people at the same stage in their careers.

This course has definitely helped to prepare me for my ITT course next year.  Each session has taught me a lot – in particular the visiting speakers have been excellent and been something that I have gone back to school and told everyone about.  The other aspect of the course that I liked was having to actually stop, think and take a look at yourself and reflect.  I now know that I will not survive as teacher without reflection, and this course has been an excellent preparation.

The Learners First Support Staff programme has made me feel more prepared for my ITT year.  It has highlighted areas that need focus on such as time management and techniques for behaviour management.  It was carried out in an engaging way.