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Teaching Assistant to Whole Class Teaching Programme 2021-22


  • To develop confidence and effectiveness in managing whole classes
  • To understand key elements of good and outstanding teaching
  • To develop subject knowledge and pedagogical understanding of English and Maths
  • To provide planned, short-term cover for class teachers
  • To provide evidence and experience to support Higher Level Teaching Assistant assessment or routes into teacher training



Session 1: Teaching & Learning

An introduction to key elements of outstanding teaching.  What do teachers do?  How do they do it?  How is the role different to the role of teaching assistant?  Programme overview.


Session 2: Managing behaviour

Managing behaviour effectively using a positive approach including strategies for different age groups, consistency and high expectations, managing transitions within sessions, principles of positive reinforcement and Thrive, having a ‘teacher presence’ and managing low-level disruptions.


Session 3: An inclusive approach

Managing additional needs within a classroom setting, managing support staff, understanding barriers to learning.


Session 4: English subject knowledge

Focusing on word classes, sentence types, punctuation, spelling and phonics.


Session 5: Maths subject knowledge

Focusing on Mathematical terminology and progression in approaches to calculation.


Session 6: Questioning

Effective questioning, focusing on Bloom’s Taxonomy, Blanks Levels and higher order thinking skills.


Session 7: Presentations

Presentation to the group of delegates’ professional learning during the programme and impact on pupil learning.


NB There may or may not be an opportunity to have an extra session in February 2022, on Peer observation, using planning and prepared resources to lead a whole-class session, including managing transitions, marking pupils’ work, liaising with parents and feedback to the class teacher. This session will be dependent on the changing restrictions of Covid-19.


Target Audience  
Teaching Assistants, Higher Level Teaching Assistants & support staff with a teaching commitment in their role or secondary staff with an interest in the primary phase.  Delegates will be working at Level 2 or Level 3 with some responsibilities for managing whole-class sessions.


Session 1:  30th November 2021 (a.m.)
Session 2:  30th November 2021 (p.m.)
Session 3:  18th January 2022 (a.m.)
Session 4:  18th January 2022 (p.m.)
Session 5:  8th March 2022 (a.m.)
Session 6:  8th March 2022 (p.m.)
Session 7:  29th March 2022 (p.m.)


Morning sessions:  09:30 - 12:00

Afternoon sessions:  12:45 - 15:15


SWIFT Members
£200 per delegate  | Other Colleagues £260 per delegate


Online via Zoom


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Sam Meyer

Head of School and SLE for Initial Teacher Education and Newly Qualified Teacher Induction





                   Danny Brown

                           Head of School, Roselands Primary



Natasha Rose

Nurture (SEN) Teacher and previous Special Educational Needs Coordinator






Zoe Milligan

Specialist Leader in Education and Lead Practitioner in English






Chris Wearing

Maths Subject Leader, Oldway Primary School






Dee Passenger

Autism Champion and National College for Teaching and Leadership Outstanding Teacher Programme facilitator




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Riviera Education Trust, Oldway Primary School, Higher Polsham Road, Paignton TQ3 2SY (Registered Office)
A charitable company limited by guarantee, Company registration number 09751294 (England & Wales)