Teachers TV top tips Title Five tips on working with LSAs and TAs Materials author John Bayley Associated Teachers TV programmes Teaching with Bayley series Series description Behaviour Management guru John Bayley works with teachers to help them to improve their technique Note to teachers This tips sheet was not created by Teachers TV but the author has allowed us to publish it here to be used for educational purposes. Bayley’s top fives Five tips on working with LSAs and TAs A teaching assistant who had come into the profession after long years of responsible positions in different occupations once told me the following story. She had been working in a new school for about a week. Standing in the kitchen behind the staff- room, she put the kettle on to make a cup of tea. A teacher came up beside her and said, “Do you think you should be using the kettle dear?” I have heard a million stories from teaching assistants and learning assistants about how they are patronised and sidelined in schools. As well as being rude and demeaning, such behaviour also wastes an invaluable resource. So, this week I asked a group of support staff in Chiswick Community College to give me their five tips on working with support staff. John Bayley analyses Michelle Rock’s technique 1. Enlist the help of support staff with differentiation. We have a wealth of experience and can help with the production of materials as well as being able to support individuals and groups. Ask for advice, we have a lot of training and experience. 2. As much liaison as possible please. Make sure that support staff have schemes of work and lesson plans in plenty of time. 3. Make sure there is a clear mutual understanding about the behaviour plan so that the authority of all the adults in the room is clearly established. 4. Try to make sure there are a couple of minutes to talk before and after a lesson. There is usually a rush but it allows us to establish a joint working pattern. 5. Monthly review meetings between teaching and non-teaching staff mean that we can effectively brief you on children with support plans and you can brief us on challenges or hot-spots in the classroom.
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