Building capacity: Supporting the work of teaching and learning assistants in the classroom
Teaching Assistants play such a vital role in support of pupils and teachers. Research suggests that schools don’t always use and develop support staff as effectively as we could. Yet, they are our most valuable teaching resource.
Margaret Mulholland considers how to deploy support staff so they can make the maximum difference to the development of young people. We must also nurture their development. Margaret also looks at how we inform their professional development and ‘grow’ their knowledge and skill.
3 takeaways from Margaret’s training session
– Understand how research can inform whole class planning and shape on going improvement –
– Redefine roles and responsibilities of all staff to be dynamic and developmental in response to young people with SEND –
– Strengthen co-working strategies –
This session is aimed at Teachers and SENCOs (also helpful for support staff and school leaders) working with children with SEND.
Margaret received great feedback from SENDCOs who watched her LIVE broadcast
This session was originally presented live at one of our online Virtual SEND Conferences.
“Thank you Margaret! Everything you have just shared is incredibly pertinent to my role at the moment and I am so very grateful for the advice, resources and information.”
“Thanks so much Margaret for such an inspirational presentation, so much to take away and use for my own development and that of my team.”
About the Creator
Margaret Mulholland / SEND & Inclusion Specialist, EEF Project Director for Whole School SEND
Margaret Mulholland is currently Project Director for Whole School SEND and Nasen leading an Education Endowment Foundation trial to evaluate the impact of the SEND Review Framework. A leading advocate for the role SEND settings play in improving understanding of inclusive teaching and learning; she spent seven years as Director of Development & Research at a leading Special School and thirteen years at the Institute of Education, where she was responsible for innovative employment based routes to teaching.
Margaret is the Inclusion policy advisor for the Association of School and College Leaders. She also writes a column on research and inclusivity for the Times Educational Supplement.
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