Teaching assistants work alongside teachers in the classroom, helping pupils with their learning on an individual or group basis. Some specialise in areas such as literacy, numeracy, special education needs, music, English as an additional language, and the creative arts.
This website will give you information about terms and conditions, career development opportunities and effective deployment of teaching assistants within the school.
Terms and Conditions
The County Council has been evaluating all Green Book posts and is currently in a process of negotiation and consultation to determine a new pay structure, in accordance with the Single Status Agreement of 1997. Therefore, following discussion with the school workforce representatives a portfolio of Teaching Assistant roles from Levels 1 to 4 (including Cover Supervisor and HLTA roles) have been agreed for use in schools. Attached to each role is an interim grade recommended for adoption by schools when using this grading structure, or specific level of role, to recognise the duties and responsibilities attached to a post.
Please note that these grades are currently under consultation and a final pay structure will be published in 2007.
For further details on these profiles please click here.
Career Development for TAs
If you're a teaching assistant, a Head Teacher, a member of the Governing Body or just interested in keeping up to date with what's going on in your school the Career Development for TAs document from the Local Government Employer's Organisation makes an excellent read. It gives a very clear and up-to-date picture of training, qualifications and career pathways for Teaching Assistants. further information on career development can be found here.
Effective Deployment of TAs
The recruitment and training of teaching assistants will only add value if assitants are then deployed effectively by teachers and managers inside schools. The DfES published a good practice guide called Working with Teaching Assistants that documents practical ways in which many schools are working to make better use of the skills of their teaching assistants. This document can be downnloaded using the link below, along with an example teaching assistant policy.
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