Primary TAs

How to tame the computer, how to achieve the HLTA status, key ways to control pupil anger and many more practical and useful ideas for teaching assistants.

There are 13 videos in this series, of which the following 12 are currently available to view online.

15 mins The Mouse Doesn't Bite
This programme follows a technophobic teaching assistant and her struggles to get to grips with computers, revealing how others can follow her lead.
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14 mins Springboard Maths
The Springboard programme is designed to support those KS2 children who are slightly underachieving in numeracy and who with extra help could go up by another national curriculum level when taking their SATs.
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15 mins Learning Mentor
This programme explores the role of learning mentors as a career option for teaching assistants interested in a broader support role. Kim Hemans and Sue Rustioni are learning mentors at Crown Lane School, supporting children who have social or emotional ...
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15 mins Language Support
An insight into the dynamic language support work that TA Valerie Crolle gives to reception children for whom English is new. She works alongside teacher Sophie Glaysher, and takes small groups of children out of class for intensive support.
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15 mins Dyslexia Support
Lee Pascal, author and teacher, has been studying dyslexia for over 35 years. In this engaging and light-hearted workshop for TAs, he tackles the serious subject of dyslexia and offers real insight into how dyslexics think, learn and remember. He also looks ...
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15 mins Anger Management
Valerie Vassell and Jackie Roberts are teaching assistants (TAs) who want to learn techniques to help them manage their pupils' anger. They work one-to-one with learning mentor Sarah Harris. Together they examine strategies that can be adapted for TAs to use ...
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15 mins Literacy Support
Mary Billios is a teaching assistant who has run the support element of the further literacy support (FLS) programme for the last three years. She demonstrates three sample lessons from the programme and discusses the demands and rewards of this level of ...
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15 mins Fun with Maths
This programme shows how the resourcefulness of teaching assistants at one primary school is supporting maths both in and out of the classroom.
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15 mins Working with Teachers - Exploring the Relationship
This programme focuses on a group of nine teaching assistants and teachers talking honestly about the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities involved in working together.
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15 mins Working with Teachers - Practical Tips
Working with Teachers - Practical Tips tackles some typical concerns of teaching assistants and their working relationship with teachers.
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15 mins HLTA at Work
In this programme, Ruth McFetridge at Wilberfoss Primary School reveals what changes she has experienced since gaining the status of HLTA.
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15 mins Whole-Class Teaching
In this programme, two HLTAs spend a day in each other's school observing and gaining best practice in teaching whole classes.
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