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     Teaching Assistant Programme

This bespoke programme for teaching assistants focuses on a range of aspects of teaching and learning such as challenge, engagement, assessment, differentiation, questioning and planning. There are facilitated practical sessions and lesson observations at the host school, with linked practical tasks back in the participant’s own school to apply what they learn.

Who is this course for?

Primary and secondary school teaching assistants in post or colleagues considering a role as a teaching assistant.

What are the objectives or outcomes?

On this programme participants will:

Be able to place a greater emphasis on the purpose and value of the lessons they support:-

  • To raise levels of engagement and achievement in learning
  • To use different methods and styles of support to challenge learners
  • To look at strategies for innovation and taking risks
  • To have a bigger impact on the planning and assessment for the learners they support
  • To demonstrate a higher level understanding of teaching and learning
  • Gain skills to be able to coach colleagues in raising performance

Practical Information

This course is hosted at Sandringham School in St Albans on:
  • Tuesday 10th October 2017, 9.00am – 11:30am
  • Tuesday 17th October 2017, 12.00pm – 2.30pm
  • Tuesday 31st October 2017, 9.00am – 11:30am
  • Tuesday 14th November 2017, 9.00am – 11:30am
  • Tuesday 21st November 2017, 12.00pm – 2.30pm

Sessions include:-

  • Facilitated sessions
  • Observation of lessons
  • Reflection and review
  • Action planning

Meet the facilitators


Karen Paul

Karen is currently Associate Assistant Headteacher at Sandringham School responsible for staff development.  She is an accredited National College outstanding facilitator and leads CPD for the Alban Teaching School Alliance.  As an SLE she has a particular interest in professional learning and supporting middle leadership across all subjects.

Claire Oakes

Claire Oakes

Claire is currently Assistant Headteacher at Sandringham School responsible for the strategic leadership of the Alban Teaching School Alliance.  Claire is passionate about staff development opportunities and the power of networking.  She believes in a practical and reflective approach to teacher learning.  An accredited National College outstanding facilitator Claire is also an experienced leader who has taught English in a secondary context.

Allyson Casby

Allyson Casby

Allyson is KS3 Coordinator of English and an SLE at Sandringham School, focusing on KS3 curriculum and assessment, coaching and utilising TAs effectively.


RRP £435  AlbanTSA Price £275



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