Role and Development of Teaching Assistants

Teaching assistants are integral to the successful learning of all children. They are highly skilled and are recognised as playing an important role in the Academy. Teaching Assistants support the class or subject teacher to meet the needs of individuals or groups of students with special needs.

TAs may work with children who have Statements of Special Educational Needs (under the old SEND Code of Practice) or Education, Health and Care Plans (under the new SEND framework) and students who are at SEN Support in Schools stage of the new Code of Practice, either 1:1, in a group or as part of the whole class. The LTAs, under the guidance of the teacher, carries out programmes of work, for example, small group literacy and numeracy support programmes or adaptation of lesson delivery to support access to the curriculum.

The placement of LTAs is monitored and reviewed every term by the SENCO, and the LTAs themselves.

LTAs play an extremely important role in monitoring student's progress, achievement and attainment and are integral to the monitoring and updating of Pupil Passports and informing future provision and strategies to support individuals.