Support staff

A workload audit: Thirty key questions for your school

24 May 2017

We all know that teachers work well beyond their designated hours, but just how can schools help to adjust the work/life balance for their staff? Drawing on the government’s Workload Survey and expert working groups, Suzanne O’Connell poses 30 self-evaluation questions for senior leaders


The secrets of a happy staffroom

24 May 2017

A vibrant staffroom can make a huge difference to a school. Head George McMillan gives Liam Donnison his perspectives on leading a happy and motivated school team


Conducting an audit of your teaching assistant provision

17 May 2017

Are your school’s teaching assistants effective? Or perhaps we should ask: do you train, deploy and manage them effectively? Daniel Sobel says that poor use of TAs can harm student outcomes. He explains how to carry out an effective audit of your TA provision


Case study: Supporting your support staff

19 April 2017

In the school team, every person counts. School leader Katherine Cocker-Goring discusses her work to boost CPD and development for support staff and to more closely link student progress and staff development


How ‘honest’ are you and your school?

8 March 2017

What role does honesty play in the character and ethos of your school? Matt Bawden discusses why honesty should drive everything we do as staff and how this can inspire students and parents too


Education on show at the NEC

1 March 2017

This year’s Education Show takes place from March 16 to 18. We preview the free event, with a look at some of the CPD and exhibitors on show


Inclusion and the teaching assistant

8 February 2017

Within the context of dyslexia, Dr Dominic Griffiths explains how high-quality training for teaching assistants can help to develop an inclusive school environment


Our invaluable science technicians

1 February 2017

Supporting and celebrating our science technician colleagues is important. Fran Dainty from the National STEM Learning Network takes a moment to reflect on their vital work


Maintaining your professional boundaries

23 November 2016

Maintaining personal, professional and protective boundaries is a crucial consideration for those working in our schools. Sarah Morgan offers guidance for teachers and education professionals


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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