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Should level 2 TA cover a whole class (primary)?

Discussion in 'Headteachers' started by Spice0012, Mar 17, 2015.

  1. digoryvenn

    digoryvenn Lead commenter

    Thanks Keep the spirit. There is one governor, whom I do not see often but could be enlisted to help. Your reason number 1 fits the bill for the situation.

    You are right I do need to tackle it. A HT colleague has said the same thing this morning. I am looking at governor training for this term. I suggested it to the chair and she has agreed. The SIP and my mentor have both helped. It was particularly bad before Easter but things are a bit better.

    My SIP said to me that I have had a 'Baptism of fire', so a big hint there really but I am determined to succeed, especially after my experiences at my previous school.

    Enough said!

    Thank you; I appreciate your advice and I will act upon it.
  2. keepthespirit

    keepthespirit New commenter

    Great stuff - hope all goes well. It is hard, but worth it.
  3. hubcap

    hubcap New commenter

    In answer to the original question- level 2 TAs are not HLTAs. To be a HLTA you have to be working at level 4. HLTAs have to meet the teacher standards and some have degrees and plenty of years of experience in schools. I do not think any of them want to take the teachers place as if they did, it would be easy for them to finish their training and become a teacher. They are members of staff that have decided they would like a bit more responsibilty. If you check the HLTA you will see that they are supposed to plan with the teacher and deliver the lesson with a teacher/ teaching assistant present. Why would they go through all of their training to supervise children doing activities. That is what a cover supervisors job description is.

    Sorry for the rant but I dont understand why there is so much confusion about the HLTA role. Some teachers, goveners and supply have taken a dislike to them, judging them to be unworthy to cover classes. If you dont like them, dont employ them.

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