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Coaching for Teaching Assistants and Support Staff - Encouraging reflection, innovation and challenge

teaching assistantsThe supporting role in the classroom is one that is valuable and important in ensuring that the teacher can focus on the individual needs of learners and concentrate on making sure that all learners achieve their full potential. The relationship between the teacher and his or her support team is critical in creating a seamless learning process that benefits the learner and helps build a picture of where support will help individual and groups of learners to be resilient and motivated to learn.

Coaching is all about building confidence, developing the individual and reflecting on excellent practice and improvement. Where support staff develop coaching skills, they can work more closely with the teacher and other educational professionals to create a culture of reflection, professional dialogue and help to foster excellence in learning and achievement. Greater collaboration between the teacher and his or her support team ensures that information is shared, learning is enhanced and pupils feel more confident.

Delivering the curriculum to ensure depth and breadth and a focus on positive formative assessment require teaching assistants to be an integral part of supporting learning, where pupils master the concepts and can easily apply them in a range of contexts. Developing a range of coaching skills such as the ability to use deep and rich questioning, becoming active listeners and focusing on the positive and what is working well will support them in how they feedback to pupils and how they work together to discuss teaching and learning strategies with each other. In Wales as the new curriculum unfolds Teaching Assistants will play a vital role in supporting change and helping pupils.

In both England and Wales, the inspectorate OFSTED and ESTYN want to see the best use made of the Teaching Assistant. Developing a coaching culture will help to provide the evidence of their impact on learning.

"In assessing the quality of teaching and learning OFSTED inspectors will consider information from discussions about teaching, learning and assessment with teachers, teaching assistants and other staff".

"ESTYN are also looking closely at the role of the Teaching Assistant or Support teacher and the part they play in ensuring schools in Wales meet their targets in making progress in the those identified priority areas"

This one day event will focus on:-

  • Reviewing the role of the Teaching or Support Assistant - allowing them to reflect on their own understanding of the impact they have on learning
  • Examining the role and nature of support in the classroom
  • A focus on curriculum content and how to focus on breadth and balance and the need to create opportunities for challenge and deeper learning
  • The role of the Teaching Assistant in the ensuring positive fedback as part of both formative and summative assessment
  • Learning, teaching and pedagogy - working together for the learner
  • Building a collaborative team - coaching to support professional dialogue and the development of a learning culture in the classroom
  • Planning next steps using the GROW coaching model to develop a strategy to focus on priorities and issues to take back to school
  • Reflection and communication – an opportunity to use some of the techniques learnt during the day with others

Who should attend:-

Higher Level Teaching Assistants, Teaching Assistants and other support staff who will learn some valuable skills in how to improve feedback to learners and support them to self-reflect and take risks as well as learning how to use coaching skills and techniques to collaborate in the planning and delivery of learning in the classroom. Teachers who work closely with support teams and who want to build more collaborative teams. A manager with responsibility for a team or teams of Teaching Assistants who want to use the materials and learning from the day to train others back in school. Similarly, a CPD manager who is looking for a programme to develop the support teams within school.

The Coaching team

We have a team of highly qualified coaches with a background in education. Coaching is integral to how we plan and prepare for delivery of all our events. We work closely together to refine the programmes we deliver and constantly update them to reflect changes to the curriculum, assessment and the demands of the inspectorate. We believe that those who attend our training should have a good understanding of how the learning will be used back in school and what the individual is aiming to achieve in ensuring they are able to share and cascade to others and measure the impact on whole school, team or individual performance. You can find out more about the team by going to the about us page on our website.

All our events are centrally located. Registration and refreshments are available from 9.30am for a 10.00am start, and we will finish around 3.30-4.00pm. We always provide lunch.

Prices:

First Delegate:

£295 +VAT

Second or Subsequent Delegate Price:

£245 +VAT

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What our clients say about this course

  • "What a lovely day, I have learnt so much, all this has so boosted my confidence." A new Teaching Assistant in a special school in Chislehurst
  • "I wasn't sure what to expect but I have been so impressed with the content of today, I have so much to take back to use with my team." A SENCO from an academy in Manchester looking to train her support team
  • "So much to take away and use with my colleagues and the pupils in the classroom, I have learnt a lot from the training that I will be able to put to good use." A HLTA with responsibility for managing a team of TAs
  • "I now know how to use questioning, listening and positive feedback with the pupils I support,  it has been so useful, I am so looking forward to putting some of it into practice. Thank you." A Teaching Assistant from a secondary school in Shropshire
  • "An excellent learning experience".  A HLTA from a secondary school in Shropshire 

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  • "What a lovely day, I have learnt so much, all this has so boosted my confidence." A new Teaching Assistant in a special school in Chislehurst
  • "I wasn't sure what to expect but I have been so impressed with the content of today, I have so much to take back to use with my team." A SENCO from an academy in Manchester looking to train her support team
  • "So much to take away and use with my colleagues and the pupils in the classroom, I have learnt a lot from the training that I will be able to put to good use." A HLTA with responsibility for managing a team of TAs
  • "I now know how to use questioning, listening and positive feedback with the pupils I support,  it has been so useful, I am so looking forward to putting some of it into practice. Thank you." A Teaching Assistant from a secondary school in Shropshire
  • "An excellent learning experience".  A HLTA from a secondary school in Shropshire 
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