Outstanding Teaching Assistant Programme 2019-20

Starting: November 5, 2019 | 9:00am - 11:30am

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.

This course is hosted at schools across the Alban Teaching School Alliance and participants will be required to attend all of the following sessions:

  • Tuesday, 5th November 2019, 9am to 11.30am
  • Tuesday, 26th November 2019 , 9am to 11.30am
  • Thursday, 5th December 2019, 9am to 11.30am
  • Thursday, 9th January 2020, 9am to 11.30am
  • Thursday, 23rd January 2020, 9.30am to 12 noon

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

Areas of focus

The course will include:

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

Meet the facilitators:

Karen Paul is currently 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.




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