to Learning by
a Teaching Assistant’
Aim of project
Aim was to introduce
Student/Trainee Teachers (S/TTs)
as additional adults in the
Identify barriers to learning
experienced by students.
Use strategies to enable all students
(ECM) to work effectively.
Framework/guidance documents to
be produced for all.
S/TTs to take part in project as part
of their SBS.
S/TTs to present findings in a case
study at the end of their first
A ‘dummies guide’ to implement
Introduction and solutions to
Tailor made observation sheets.
S/TT (Trainee Teacher) Log Book.
Benefits to S/TTs.
Be aware of issues related to
hindering progress of students.
S/TTs to have a valuable evidence
base for curriculum assignment as a
School Based Study (Primary
Benefits to Schools
Improvements in the quality of
school based training.
Opportunities for enhanced
CPD opportunities for ALL staff not
Benefits to HEIs.
Opportunities to work more closely
with specialist schools e.g. Training
Schools, Leading Edge Schools and
other Specialist Schools.
Better trained and hence better
Progress & Development
Conference in June 2008: Produced
a set of guidelines for all
stakeholders – a framework.
Framework distributed in
Project ‘lift off’ during October
Working the project
Limited communication by email.
Under spend at one time.
Need a greater involvement of TAs.
Framework too ‘complicated’?
Benefits to TAs
Enjoyed the challenge of being a
mentor – sense of responsibility
Role of TA acknowledged and
Helped to better understand the
More reflective on learning due to
Changed perception of TAs.
Opportunity to why it’s useful to
have a TA.
Previous good practice.
Good links with IoE.
All S/TTs involved irrespective of
Planning for the future.
Some schools not prepared enough
Lead school could visit to run
training day for TAs/Whole School
Outreach work- visit other schools
to give presentation of project.
Link project to Training School.