sorry everyone but I'm going to have a bit of a whinge. I teach Y5 primary and I have a HLTA who has been at the school for years. She knows the kids and the school far better than I do. She's aspiring to be a teacher and from what I can tell she has done for years but out-of-school commitments have stopped her doing a degree + ITT. Since day one she's been incredibly critical of the way I work but I don't think it's intentional - there's no malice behind what she says and does. That's just the way she is. It comes across in the way she acts and the things she says. In a nutshell, she badly wants to be a teacher and I think it really bothers her that she's working for someone ten years younger and with far less experience. She's on a constant power trip. She wants to be involved in everything and she makes mountains out of molehills. Classic example: I once put a sweatshirt on over my shirt and tie and she started quoting the school policy on dress code at me! I wouldn't mind except I don't think she's a particularly good TA. I asked her to draft a letter to parents once and the grammar was shocking. When working in grouups she often goes off on a tangent and children don't complete the tasks they were assigned. From her reaction when I ask her to photocopy or file work away, she considers those tasks beneath her. The woman is a nightmare to work with. She was told by the head that she'd be working with me because I was an NQT and her role would be to support me. I think in her head she interpreted 'support' as 'supervise'. The past few weeks have been a constant fight because I refuse to let her bully me or take over the running of my classroom. Admittedly I'm finding it difficult but which NQT doesn't? What I don't need is to have to contend with a childish, overly-critical and unsupportive TA who refuses to accept my authority as the class teacher. She's worn me down far more than the children have. I've had a good rest over half term and I feel able to take her on again but the point is, I don't think I should have to. sorry for the whining. thanks for reading!