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Making Best Use of Teaching Assistants - (9 session programme) via Zoom - SESSION 6 FOR TEACHING ASSISTANTS(ID 1030)

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20 places available
Single delegate £290.00
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The BTSA is delighted to be able to offer a whole school approach to making the best use of TAs based upon evidence from the Deployment & Impact of Support Staff project and the EEF guidance 'Making Best Use of Teaching Assistants'. 

This 9-session evidence-based programme created by our designated Local Leader in Education (LLE) aims to support schools to maximise the use of their TAs to impact student progress. The course provides training for leaders, teachers and TAs to improve effective working practice and support professional development within both primary and secondary phases. 

Evidence shows that improving the use of your current TA workforce is a better investment of pupil premium funds than employing more TAs. Inspection reports are increasingly recognising the added value of effective TA deployment.

Session information

  • Delivered via zoom to reduce time and travel costs (all sessions will also be recorded)
  • Leaders and teachers will receive individual links but we envisage all TAs attending together to enhance learning and collaborative working
  • Opportunities will be offered in each session to share good practice and form action plans
  • Resources will be shared in advance and TAs will be encouraged to reflect after each session

Tuesday 18th January 2022
Session 1: Scaffolding Framework by Kirsteen Newell, LLE

  • Learn about the scaffolding framework designed to support student progress and encourage independent learning
  • Self-scaffolding, promoting clueing, modelling and correcting
  • Research from Education Endowment Foundation

For full session details, please select the Sessions tab above.
Please view attached flyer for full programme details: Making Best Use of TAs

This programme is suitable for both primary and secondary phases.

PLEASE NOTE: Prices charged are based on whole school form entry size

To register your school, please select the appropriate event for your school form entry size on 11th January, add one school (delegate) to the shopping cart and complete booking procedure. 

No. of peopleDescriptionPrice
1Per Person£290.00


All sessions take place 3.30pm-5.00pm online via Zoom:

Tuesday 11th January 2022
Presenting the research evidence to leaders by Kirsteen Newell, LLE

  • Focus on the seven recommendations from the Education Endowment Foundation's guidance report 'Making Best Use of Teaching Assistants'
  • Presents an overview of the course and how to carry out a review in your school

Wednesday 12th January 2022
Presenting the research evidence to teachers by Kirsteen Newell, LLE

  • Review of the Teaching Assistant course in details
  • Discuss ways to support TAs in the classroom with their professional development

Tuesday 18th January 2022
Session 1: Scaffolding Framework by Kirsteen Newell, LLE

  • Learn about the scaffolding framework designed to support student progress and encourage independent learning
  • Self-scaffolding, promoting clueing, modelling and correcting
  • Research from Education Endowment Foundation

Tuesday 8th February 2022
Session 2: Early Reading and Phonics by Jane Le Marie, EYFS SLE

  • Looking at the essentials of Systematic Synthetic Phonics and the Early Reading Framework 
  • Latest research from the Education Endowment Foundation

Tuesday 1st March 2022
Session 3: Understanding Metacognition by Kelly Campbell, Deputy Director, TES Institute

Evidence suggests the use of 'metacognitive strategies' can be worth the equivalent of an additional 7+ months progress when used well, particularly for disadvantaged pupils, but less is known about how to apply them effectively in the classroom.

  • An introduction to metacognition and self-regulation
  • How TAs can support pupils to use these strategies in the classroom

Tuesday 22nd March 2022
Session 4: Behaviour Management by Mark Radley, Director, The King John School

  • Key skills and strategies to support behaviour management and reset routines in the classroom
  • Develop a consistent approach to encourage and focus pupils to support their engagement

Tuesday 26th April 2022
Session 5: Expanding vocabulary and Oracy / Supporting SEND by Jacky Wragg, Partnership SENCO

Research demonstrates that there is a strong link between expanding vocabulary and improvement in reading comprehension skills.

  • How TAs can expand children's vocabulary and oracy skills
  • Supporting SEND pupils

Wednesday 18th May 2022
Session 6: Questioning and feedback by Nicola Spearman, Deputy Head, The King John School

  • Develop TAs use of questioning and feedback to progress learning in the classroom based upon the latest research by Education Endowment Foundation

Tuesday 14th June 2022
Session 7: Memory Retrieval and Summary by Kirsteen Newell, LLE

  • Explore cognitive science research to ensure learning moves from short-term to long-term memory
  • Reflecting and consolidating learning - how to put everything TAs have learnt into sustainable practice

This session will take place online via Zoom.  Please ensure that you have received joining instructions, including an ID number and password, prior to the session. 

Please contact Denise Mair on if you have any questions or have not received joining instructions.

Use of Zoom
For those of you that may not have used Zoom before, please load the app onto your chosen devise then simply click on the session link provided or  select “Join meeting” and type in the ID number and password provided. Remember to activate your video and audio so that you can be seen and heard by everybody and select gallery view (tap on top left of tablets for this option or swipe right on mobiles) so that you can see other participants and your facilitator.

Please can all delegates ensure they arrive at their destination 5-10 minutes prior to the start of the event.  This will allow time for delegates to sign in at reception and be escorted to the meeting room.


Should delegates wish to cancel a place on a course you must notify the BTSA Manager, Denise Mair at

Failure to attend a course will be considered a cancellation and as such no refund will be offered. If you cancel a place on a fee-paying course within four working weeks, 50% of the fee paid will be reimbursed. Cancellations received within two working weeks will incur the full fee paid. Non-attendance of funded or free places without notification of extenuating circumstances within 48 hours will result in a charge to the school/organisation of £35 per session. Please inform us if you are unable to attend as this may allow another delegate to attend in your place. 

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