Best Practice

Teaching assistants: Providing outstanding classroom support

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 work of teaching assistants and other support staff has received fairly persistent attention over the years, on both sides of the Atlantic, and news and best practice articles in SecEd have detailed the most recent research findings and recommendations relating to the work of teaching assistants.

There is also a growing number of books and websites providing advice to teachers and school leaders on how to work more effectively with support staff (see further information for a selection).

However, to date, many of the strategies often discussed when it comes to teaching assistants apply almost exclusively to primary school settings, where a teacher typically shares the same space with the same teaching assistant(s) for the greater part of the working week.

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