I have had two fab TAs this year, who work really well with the children. I have had both taking out small groups of kids in my lower English set every week. The groups are always planned for by me, but the TAs have instruction on what aspects of the writing to focus on with the children. Obviously, I see and mark the work that comes back. They would take out about 6 or 7 children for a term/helf-term who all worked on the same focus, then they would take a different group the following term etc. Other staff at my school do not use TAs in this way at all, but instead, use them for classroom tasks such as filinf, photocopying, display work etc. I understand that all these tasks come within a TA's remit, but it seems such a waste for their duties to end there. So, how do you use yours? And even better - any TAs - what do you think?