High Impact Teaching Assistant : supporting learning

Schools in England employ 380,000+ Teaching Assistants and the average school spend on Teaching Assistants is about £200,000 per year, so with all these human resources available its essential that schools unlock the potential of this often-undervalued group of professionals through high quality CPD.

Avoid a negative impact on pupil attainment

The status quo is not an option! The evidence from the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) is clear: poor TA deployment has a negative impact on attainment!

Effective Teaching Assistant deployment can improve pupil progress

Research on TAs delivering targeted interventions in one to-one or small group settings shows a consistent impact on attainment of approximately three to four additional months’ progress (effect size 0.2–0.3). Crucially, these positive effects are only observed when TAs work in structured settings with high quality support and training.

Who is this course for ?

This course is designed to up-skill Teaching Assistants, providing a practical toolkit of strategies for 1:1 & small group interventions.

Suitable for :

  • Teaching Assistants
  • Learning Support Assistants
  • Cover supervisors
  • Supply teachers

Ofsted and the Teaching Assistant

Finally, if according to Ofsted some of the TAs in our primary and secondary schools are not being utilised properly, we as teachers must remember that genuinely outstanding teaching comes from collaboration – we know that no teacher is great alone.

Find out how the new Ofsted framework is being enacted during an Ofsted Deep Dive including reviews of the use of teaching assistants.

Course Outcomes

  • Helping pupils develop independent study skills and manage their own learning.
  • Delivering high-quality one-to-one and small group support using structured interventions
  • Adopting evidence-based interventions in small group and one-to-one instruction
  • Complementing what is being taught in the classroom.

“Many TAs are walking into classes blind—they just have to listen to teachers talk to the class to figure out what they are supposed to be doing.”
- TES Article

Course Outline

Supporting Learning Activities as a Teaching Assistant

  • Complementing learning objectives & outcomes in the classroom
  • Engaging pupils in metacognitive questioning
  • Planning high quality one-to-one and small group interventions

Developing pupils Independence & self-regulation

  • Stimulating intellectual curiosity and student-led research
  • Developing an autonomous and enquiring critical disposition
  • Techniques to support independent and reflective learning
  • Promoting student self-assessment strategies

Improving Literacy, Oracy & Numeracy skills

  • Developing purposeful pupil talk
  • Scaffolding oracy around learning
  • Evidence-based TA-led literacy and numeracy interventions

Positive Behaviour Management strategies in the classroom

  • Supporting the class teacher
  • Developing expectations, clarity and consistency in learning relationships
  • Understanding positive behaviour management strategies
  • Supporting the school approach to behaviour management with confidence

To book your place, please email [email protected] with the title and date of the course along with your full name and school name.

Presenter Profile

Presenter John Medlicott

John Medlicott (@johnmedlicott) is the Director of JMC Education (www.jmcinset.com), having held a number of key academic and pastoral leadership roles in schools and colleges. John still teaches in an Ofsted Outstanding School and has taught for over 20 years. As a teacher trainer & school improvement consultant he works with schools across the UK and internationally. He is regularly graded as “outstanding” by delegates on their evaluation forms. John has spoken recently on challenge and differentiation at a National Conference for Deputy Head teachers and is a regular Keynote speaker and workshop provider in School Leadership and Teaching and Learning.


That was fantastic. I feel so inspired to make a difference at my school.

Leigh Conchman, Teaching Assistant, Longacre School

Cost: £250 per delegate; £299 for 2 teachers from the same school booking on this course

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