Support staff

Do you feel comfortable talking to pupils about mental health?

6 July 2016

It’s good to talk. Especially so when students are facing challenges to their mental health. However, teachers often feel out of their depth when faced with these conversations on sensitive issues. Psychologist Dr Asha Patel offers her advice and reassurance


Tips for managing workload and stress

6 July 2016

Given the pressure of the teaching role, being able to manage stress is crucial. Kathy Oxtoby seeks out some tips and advice on ways to de-stress and manage stress both at work and at home, and when and where to seek support


The effective science technician

25 May 2016

What makes an amazing school science technician? Simon Quinnell draws upon his CPD work with technicians from across the country to offer some ideas of how this vital role can support teachers and students


The challenges facing our exams officers

13 April 2016

The 2016 annual survey of the Examination Officers’ Association focuses on the role of exams officers and the challenges they face. Andrew Harland offers his commentary on some of the issues raised in the report


Teaching assistants: Providing outstanding classroom support

18 November 2015

The impact that teaching assistants can have in the classroom is widely acknowledged – but effective deployment and professional collaboration with the teacher is key. Co-author of a new book on outstanding classroom support, Jill Morgan, offers some advice



The risks of social networking

2 September 2015

Social media has brought a new way of communicating into our schools. It has also brought a risk of us sharing too much. Suzanne O'Connell seeks expert advice for school leaders


Case study: The Success Squad

26 February 2015

A project that trains support staff to take on a mentoring role has helped to boost the performance of borderline students in both English and mathematics. Jennifer Kenwright explains.



Getting the best from your teaching assistants

9 January 2014

The role of teaching assistants in the classroom has been much debated in recent years. Jo Coates looks at the evidence and discusses the impact these vital professionals are having on attainment, including with the Pupil Premium.

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