Overview

22 Nov, 20229:30 am-3:00 pm
Online Training

This online training day will provide a unique opportunity for school leaders, SENCOs, teachers, and others involved in the deployment of teaching assistants and fellow support staff to explore how to enhance the impact teaching assistants have on pupil attainment.

With catch-up activities still a key priority for staff across the primary and secondary sector, to continue supporting every child, but particularly the most disadvantaged, in overcoming learning loss from the pandemic, it is more vital than ever to ensure teaching assistants in your school or trust are working alongside teaching staff in the most effective way for maximum impact.

Explore the Education Endowment Foundation’s (EEF) guidance on Making Best Use of Teaching Assistants (TAs) and how this research sits alongside outcomes from the roll out of the Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants (MITA) Project to plan an improved approach to TA deployment in your school or trust.

The training day will be highly interactive with endless opportunities to learn from peers and discuss proven interventions, as well as explore effective methods for monitoring and evaluation, plus funding for new positions.

 

Learning objectives

  • Practical steps for meeting all 7 recommendations of the EEF’s renowned guidance on TA deployment
  • Learn about updated best practice based on the roll out of the MITA programme
  • Gain ideas for proven TA-led interventions to try with pupils in your school or trust
  • Improve your CPD offering for TAs, including enhancing opportunities for their planning and preparation around lessons and interventions
  • Explore the potential for TA apprenticeships in your setting
  • Revise your approach to monitoring and evaluation of interventions
  • Strategise a new action plan for TA deployment directly related to improving the outcomes of your pupils

Agenda

9:30 am
Login and Accessing Training Platform

*This training will run entirely via an online platform. Specific joining instructions and guidance will be provided to registered delegates. 

9:45 am
Trainer's Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

Note that all of today’s sessions will be interactive, and attendees will have regular opportunities to pose questions to the expert trainer, engage in discussions with peers, and leave the day equipped to improve planning around deployment of teaching assistants, and other support staff.

In this first session, participants will have the opportunity to share their key challenges, to help tailor the training through the day to your needs, and help you find solutions.

Each session through the day will encourage and allow time for questions and discussion.

10:00 am
Workshop One: Utilising the EEF Guidance and Learning from MITA – Resourcing, Clarifying Roles, and Planning for Interventions

This workshop will focus on the first four recommendations of the EEF’s Making Best Use of Teaching Assistants guidance, highlighting practical steps to implementing research-informed best practice as well as sharing insights from rolling out the Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants (MITA) programme in schools across the country.

Key takeaways will include:

  • Reviewing your deployment of TAs and ensuring they are not solely used as an informal teaching resource for low-attaining pupils
  • Creating clear roles for teaching assistants that complement the work of the teacher, and ensure TA-led interventions retain high-quality teaching
  • Training TAs on approaches that encourage pupils to develop independent learning skills and better manage their own learning
  • Exploring ways to improve planning and preparation timetabling and activities for TAs, to improve the quality of TA-led interventions
11:00 am
Focused Discussion Session: Teaching Assistant Apprenticeships

This session will be an opportunity to explore teaching assistant apprenticeships with peers and our expert trainer, asking questions and learning from others to understand whether this offer is right for your school, as well as to learn from shared successes for those already offering the Level 3 apprenticeships.

Discuss the benefits, consider the technicalities, and understand the funding that could be available for TAs in your school or trust.

11:15 am
Morning Break and Networking
11:30 am
Workshop Two: Utilising the EEF Guidance and Learning from MITA – Proven Interventions, Supporting TAs and Linking Learning

This workshop will focus on the final three recommendations of the EEF’s Making Best Use of Teaching Assistants guidance, highlighting practical steps to implementing research-informed best practice as well as sharing insights from rolling out the Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants (MITA) programme in schools across the country.

Key takeaways will include:

  • Understanding the difference between structured and unstructured interventions, and when is best to use group activities compared to one-to-one interventions
  • Learning to regularly engage with research and new ideas for interventions, and how to support TAs plan a guided session
  • Exploring effective ways to link classroom-based lessons and learning to the learning taking place outside of the classroom with TAs
  • Discussing how and why different interventions can boost attainment
12:15 pm
Focused Discussion Session: Successfully Evaluating Your Approaches

This session will provide guidance on utilising the EEF’s self-assessment guide, using the Red Amber Green (RAG) method, as well as an opportunity for participants to discuss their use of this guide with peers and explore other approaches to self-assessment and evaluation used in different settings.

Consider how you currently assess your TA-led interventions, and methods for improving monitoring and evaluation, particularly as you plan to implement learnings from the day.

12:45 pm
Afternoon Break and Networking
1:30 pm
Workshop Three: Utilising the EEF Guidance and Learning from MITA – Creating Your Action Plan and How to Monitor Impact

This workshop will focus on the EEF’s Acting on the Evidence guide and Action Planning Template, as well as sharing insights from rolling out the Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants (MITA) programme in schools across the country.

Work through the template in real-time to plan your revised approach to TA deployment and learn the key principles for implementing evidence-based approaches.

Key takeaways will include:

  • Plan out the steps you will take to review your current situation, and identify your new priorities
  • Explore predicted timescales and resources required, and learn from the experiences of peers through discussion around this
  • Identify clear monitoring activities to roll out from the start of implementation for new changes
2:45 am
Summary and Key Takeaways

In this final interactive session, our expert trainer will summarise each workshop and discussion session, helping you recap on all you have learnt through the day, and ensuring tangible takeaways for you to implement in your school.

You will have the opportunity to ask any final questions and share comments, as well as determine next steps for needs-led curriculum development and delivery.

3:00 pm
Training Evaluation and Close

 

*Programme subject to change

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