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Total Quality
Teaching Assistants

Quality Support in Every Classroom


Total-Quality Teaching Assistants is a professional development programme, specifically designed for Teaching Assistants and Learning Support Assistants. The programme consists of 6 individual modules, with each module focusing on a discreet aspect of being an effective T.A. and their role in offering successful teaching and learning. The programmes looks to develop teaching assistants in how they can support the planning and delivery of effective learning experiences in every classroom. Each individual module seeks to explore a key dimension within teaching and learning and looks to develop delegates` classroom practice across all phases.

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Over six modules, participants will be supported in deepening their understanding around the principles of effective learning whilst offering a range of practical ideas and strategies for use in any classroom. Throughout each module, delegates will be introduced to a range of learning tools and supported in considering how these might be developed within their own professional practice.

Specific aspects of teaching and learning covered through this programme will include:

The qualities and competencies of a highly effective professional

A psychologically safe classroom culture
Understanding a range of high-impact teaching strategies Appropriate approaches for effective scaffolding
Moving from shallow to deeper learning...and knowing when Developing worthwhile and effective classroom dialogue Strategies for feedback and assessment

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This programme has been developed around 6 learning modules and 6 key learning questions:

Module 1
Key learning theme – Being an effective professional

K.L.Q. – How can teaching assistants continue to develop professional awareness and professional responsibility? Module One explores what an individual must do to become a truly effective member of any team. The sessions will consider issues around professional accountability and emotional intelligence

Module 2
Key learning theme – Getting the start right

K.L.Q. – How can teaching assistants help to ensure every young learner is in the right state to learn effectively? Module Two explores how teaching assistants can adopt simple, but effective strategies that can ensure all learners are ready to learn, are in a suitable state for learning and feel motivated to learn
Module 3
Key learning theme – Understanding Scaffolding

K.L.Q. – Which approaches to teaching and learning cater for all styles of learner?
Module Three seeks to consider how teaching assistants can support the planning of learning experiences that cater for the differences in how individuals learn and ensure they are achieving an appropriate balance of support. The session considers 5 levels of scaffolding and how to support a pupil at any level.
Module 4
Key learning theme – The key principles for outstanding learning experiences

K.L.Q. – What role do teaching assistants play in creating learning experiences that result in greater depth learning for all young learners? Module Four explores differences between shallow and deeper learning and how teaching assistants can adapt their approaches and practices depending on intended outcomes. This session will explore a range of key pedagogical principles effective teaching and learning and how these can be promoted in any classroom.
Module 5
Key learning theme – Raising standards through effective class-based talk

K.L.Q. – How can teaching assistants promote and develop effective classroom interaction and dialogue that will impact on standards? Module five will consider the role of interaction, communication and speaking and listening within effective learning experiences. This session will explore issues around professional questioning skills and will offer a range of practical tools for effective instruction and interaction that opens up learning-based dialogue.
Module 6
Key learning theme – The confident learner

K.L.Q. – In which ways can teaching assistants develop effective strategies for developing metacognition and learning behaviours in every pupil?
Module Six considers the critical aspects of metacognition and essential learning behaviours and how these can be developed with every young learner. Included within this session will be the role of AFL and evaluation of learning and how we ensure build, in every child, the characteristics of a life-long learner.

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Dates:  TBC
Timings : 9:30am to 11:30am
£200 P.P.  (+ vat)
- to include leadership e-workbook and resources

To provisionally reserve a place on this programme, please use the link below:

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