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A Toolkit for the Effective Teaching Assistant

A Toolkit for the Effective Teaching Assistant

Second Edition

May 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 new edition helps the reader better understand their role in the school and classroom, in the complex and constantly changing world of education. It provides excellent support for helping the reader develop greater effectiveness in their classroom practice, both through exploring the theory that underpins the topics covered and by providing practical support and advice' - Gianna Knowles, Co-ordinator for the Foundation Degree in Teaching and Learning Support and Primary Senior Lecturer in Education, University of Chichester

This book is in a practical toolkit form and is particularly useful when teaching foundation degree or HLTA level as it explores TA from a contemporary perspective and is mapped to HLTA standards. It is an interesting read in its own right and sectioned into roles, responsibilities, relationships, supporting pupils, supporting learning and supporting the curriculum.

Mr David Andrews
Education, Loughborough College
September 17, 2018

I have found this book very useful with theory and practice.

Miss Kelly Marie Adams
Education , South Devon College
September 15, 2016

Clearly written, relevant topics and helpful activities

Mrs Samantha Smith
HSCFL, South Devon College
April 19, 2016

Extremely useful on both a theoretical and practical level

Mr Steve Dixon
Education, Newman University
February 19, 2015

Very relevant text

Mrs Clare Hallam
Health, education and social care, Barnet College
January 21, 2014

Excellent text, that is easy to follow and will help learners with the knowledge and understanding in the Level Three qualification.

Mr Derek Allford
Learning Centre, Business To Business (B2B)
June 15, 2013

Helpful book - recommended as part of wider range of helpful books

Dr Lisa Jones
Centre for Educational Studies, Hull University
February 13, 2013

An excellent resource for those studying Foundation Degree Learning Support. Covers areas such as behaviour management, inclusion, supporting national curriculum subjects, supporting pupils and roles and responsibilities. Provides practical activities and encourages reflection.

Miss Emma Baxter
School of Care, Ystrad Mynach College
August 25, 2012

Very useful and links to many modules on the course.

Miss Alyson Lewis
Dept of Care & Continuing Education, Ystrad Mynach College
April 6, 2012