OLEVI Outstanding Teaching Assistant Programme 2021-22

Next Session: November 11, 2021 | 9:00am - 11:30am

This bespoke Olevi 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 as follows:

  • Session 1: Thursday, 11th November 2021, 9.00-11.30 at Sandringham School
  • Session 2: Tuesday, 23rd November 2021, 9.00-11.30 at Sandringham School
  • Session 3: Wednesday, 12th January 2022, 9.00-11.30 at a St Albans primary school
  • Session 4: Monday, 24th January 2022, 12.00-14.30 at Sandringham School
  • Session 5: Tuesday, 8th February 2022, 9.00-11.30 at Sandringham School

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:

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.



Allyson Casby, Sandringham School

Allyson Casby is currently an English teacher at Sandringham School. She is an SLE, coach and qualified OLEVI facilitator for the Outstanding Teacher Assistant Programme. Allyson has just completed Module 2 of the MTPT project on embedding student-led coaching in lessons.