Working Effectively with Teaching Assistants

Thursday 8th July 2021

  • #UKEdChat session 560
  • TAs who are flexible and anticipants the needs of the class are probably the most useful ‘resources’ in the class.
  • TAs with ownership over what they do will be more effective.
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‘Many hands make light work’, as the saying goes.

While extra pairs of hands in the classroom are very valuable, extra minds are even better. Developing a trusting relationship is vital if TAs are to work effectively, and TAs, like anyone else, need to feel ownership over the work that they do, in balance with the needs of the teacher and the class. TAs who are able to be both flexible and anticipants the needs of the class are probably the most useful ‘resources’ a teacher can have.

Every experience and situation is different, and there are some disadvantages as well as advantages to having an additional adult in the class, but modern education is now unimaginable without the valuable input and care of the thousands of TAs who support pupils and teachers.

In this #UKEdChat session, which took place on Thursday 8th July 2021 at 8pm(UK), we were joined by Sara Alston we discussed how teachers can make the best use of TAs, how to foster positive and productive working relationships, and how TAs can support pupils who need additional support.


  1. What is the role of the TAs in your classrooms?
  2. What were the practical impacts has the MITA (Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants) projects had in your classroom?
  3. What are the advantages of having a TA in your classroom?
  4. What are the disadvantages of having a TA in your classroom?
  5. How do you deploy TAs in your classroom?
  6. How do teachers share information about children and their learning with TAs in your school?
  7. How does the role of a TA differ to that of a teacher in your school?
  8. Who has responsibility for the support of SEN pupils in your class and what does this look like?

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