Outstanding Teaching Assistant Programme 2019-20

Starting: January 9, 2020 | 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 comprises 5 half day sessions and will be hosted at schools across the Alban Teaching School Alliance on the following dates:

  • Session 1: Thursday, 9th January 2020, 9.00-11.30
  • Session 2: Thursday, 23rd January 2020, 9.00-11.30
  • Session 3: Thursday, 27th February 2020, 9.00-11.30
  • Session 4: Tuesday, 24th March 2020, 12.00-14.30
  • Session 5: Tuesday, 31st March 2020, 9.00-11.30

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.




Tayla-Jay Ridley is currently a Key Stage 2 primary teacher at Simon Balle All Through School. She leads the SSAT Enhancing Teacher Programme and is a qualified OLEVI facilitator for the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Programme. She has led curriculum design for lower Key Stage 2.