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A Toolkit for the Effective Teaching Assistant

A Toolkit for the Effective Teaching Assistant

Second Edition

April 2009 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

If you're studying for a Foundation Degree or seeking Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) status, this is the book you need on your shelf. Written by a team teaching on one of the UK's largest Foundation Degree programs, this book contains guidance for students and Teaching Assistants (TAs) on working with colleagues, supporting pupils and supporting learning.

In this fully revised edition, the content has been expanded to include five new chapters on:

  • Distributed Leadership for the TA/HLTA
  • Behavior Management
  • Inclusion (linking with the Every Child Matter agenda)
  • Understanding Children's Health and Well-being
  • Supporting Curriculum Subjects

In addition to these new chapters, the book will help you understand and participate in change, enhance the role of the TA, and use ICT to support learning. Packed with practical activities, case studies, and links to the new HLTA standards, this essential text will develop your professional capabilities and help you put theory into practice.

Mark Townsend and Maureen Parker
Changing Schools, Changing Roles for Teaching Assistants
Kitty Heardman
Distributed Leadership for the Teaching Assistant
Chris Lee
Understanding Change and Being Part of It
Mary Pittman
Working Together: Collaborative and Supportive Partnerships
Maureen Parker
Self Esteem: Enhancing the Role of the Teaching Assistant
Maureen Parker
Supporting Emotional Health and Wellbeing: the role of the TA
Chris Lee
Positive Approaches to Behaviour Management
Rachael Hincks
Inclusion: The School as a Community
Stuart Gunn
Teaching, Learning and Psychology
Mark Townsend
Promoting Learning Through the Use of ICT
Rachael Hincks
Supporting the curriculum
Appendix 1 Photocopiable Activities
Appendix 2 HLTA Standards

This is a fabulous book for teaching assistants completing a Foundation Degree. It covers a wide range of relevant and important topics in a very accessible way.

Mrs Heather Macdonald
Education , Chester University
November 21, 2011

AS a tutor of Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools courses, i found this book very useful in supporting my planning of the new QCF courses

Ms Karen Freeman
BCPH, Northbrook College Sussex
October 6, 2011

This is a fantastic book for all teaching assistants and those wanting to go on further to HLTA status as the standards are made clear throughout. Every student should have a copy.

Mrs Gwyneth Walsham
School of Teaching and Learning, Gateshead College
July 12, 2011

A must have for every teaching assistant which should be known as their bible.

Mrs Gwyneth Walsham
School of Teaching and Learning, Gateshead College
May 10, 2011

very accessible text - learners were impressed with the range of coverage

Mrs Ruth Livingstone
Education , Macclesfield College
November 15, 2010

Good broad-based information source for TAs

Ms Rhiain Hunter Jones
Educational Studies, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff
September 14, 2010

This book is essential reading for teaching assistants. It answers key questions in a clear and concise fashion

Ms Sheine Peart
School of Education, Nottingham Trent University
July 16, 2010

A text that is more likely to assist a teaching assitant in completing a course of study, rather than improve their classroom skills.

Mr Tom Noble
Education , Northumbria University
March 1, 2010

Maureen Parker

Chris Lee

Stuart Gunn

Kitty Heardman

Rachael Hincks Knight

Mary Pittman

Mark Townsend