Date
26 March 2019

Current models of practice

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Reviewing how teacher aides can support learning and wellbeing and improve attainment throughout the school’

Observe and meet with TAs and teachers

Observe and meet with TAs and teachers

Learn about the roles and responsibilities of teachers and TAS by talking with them and observing practice.

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Source: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

Take a creative approach to information gathering

Take a creative approach to information gathering

Utilise multiple media.
  • Surveying staff (anonymously) for their views and experiences.
  • Inviting teacher aides to keep a diary to record information about the tasks they undertake in their working time.
  • Observing and asking questions about teachers’ decision-making about teacher aides’ deployment.
  • Using photos or video to document teacher aides’ interactions with students.
  • Conducting a skills audit to collect details of teacher aides’ qualifications, training, experience, specialist skills, and talents.

Source: Adapted from Making best use of teaching assistants: Guidance report (opens in a new tab/window)

Reflective questions for teacher aides

Reflective questions for teacher aides

Use these questions to identify areas of strength and support needs.

  • What do you see as your role in the school?
  • What do you see as your role in the classroom?
  • Do you have other school responsibilities?
  • How are you supported in your role?
  • Who provides support?
  • Do you get planning time with the teachers?
  • How are you involved in planning your programme?
  • Are you given a programme to use?
  • What have you done with students that you are proud of?
  • What is most satisfying in your work?
  • What is most difficult in your role?
  • Have you any frustrations or issues?
  • What else would you like to mention?

Useful resources

Useful resources

File

Lesson observation schedule

Publisher: Centre for Inclusive Education

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File

Sorting activity

Publisher: Centre for Inclusive Education

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Website

Teachers and teachers’ aides working together: Our roles

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Review and refine the TA's role and responsibilities”:

Return to the guide “Supporting effective teacher aide practice ”

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