I'm an NQT with a year 5/6 class and, as you would expect, their abilities vary. I can live with that and differentiate appropriately. However, I have a couple of children (yr5 and 6) who are working way below level, probably at early year 3 in maths. I do have an excellent TA and ensure that she and I mainly support the LA and MA children, but feel that my teaching input is wasted on this small group who really need to go back and focus on basic number skils. Should I ask my TA to 'teach' them separately whilst I deliver my input to the rest of the class? She is a level 3 TA and, although fantastically knowledgeable and capable, sometimes likes to stick rigidly to what her role entails and I'm not sure that includes direct teaching. I'd be grateful for any advice on how others tackle this problem.