A systems approach for school leaders to support teacher aides to be effective in their roles.
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The terms teacher aides, support staff, teaching assistants, and TAs are used interchangeably reflecting the different language used by schools. The content will be most useful for primary and intermediate schools, and also has relevance for secondary contexts.
Four key strategies for supporting teacher aides to be effective in their roles
Teacher aides can positively contribute to teaching and learning when they have the support they need to be effective in their roles and responsibilities.
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Current models of
Review and refine roles, responsibilities, and
At the outset of employment, make explicit your school's commitment to inclusion and your investment in induction and ongoing professional learning of your teacher aides.
Find the right people who want to be part of your community and who share a vision for the success of all students.
Develop an induction
Provide flexible professional learning
Teachers need to be well prepared for their role as manager of other adults that work with students in their class. Offer all teachers opportunities for professional learning in this area.
Introducing TA to classroom culture and
Negotiating support approaches with student and
Leading and coordinating
Supporting TA to gather useful
Build teacher and TA understanding of areas where TAs can make the most effective contribution.
Take a coordinated approach to support effective ways of working.
Learn how to scaffold
Read time: 54 min
This is a practical, evidence-based UK guide for primary and secondary schools to support effective practices for working with teacher aides. It contains recommendations based on the latest research examining the use of teacher aides in classrooms.
Publisher: Education Endowment Foundation
This guide describes “ineffective”, “improving” and “exemplary” practice for evidence-based recommendations on the effective use of teacher aides. It is from Maximising the impact of teaching assistants (2nd edition), a UK resource.
Publisher: Centre for Inclusive Education
Read time: 10 min
This is a professional development resource for NZ schools, which includes nine modules that teachers and teacher aides can complete together. Downloadable PDF.
Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga
Nine modules that teachers and teachers’ aides complete together to strengthen working relationships, improve role clarity and build knowledge of inclusive practice.
This is a practical, evidence-based UK guide to support classroom interactions between teacher aides and students. It contains practical strategies and reflective activities for both teachers and teacher aides.
Price: One off charge £20.98
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