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When used well, teaching assistants (TAs) can have a huge impact on the children in the classrooms where they work.

To have a positive impact on pupil achievement, TAs need to be deployed effectively. One way of doing this is supporting the development of strong partnerships between teachers and TAs.

This unit offers some practical ways for supporting teachers and TAs to work effectively together and ensuring that collaboration provides outstanding opportunities for all learners, delivers pupil progress and narrows gaps in performance.

Aims and outcomes

  • Identify some key aims of pupil support in the classroom.
  • Describe some of the processes that make pupil support effective.
  • Trial pupil passports.
  • Develop your use of feedback as a strategy to enhance pupils’ learning.

Unit content

Unit 4: Successful classroom partnerships