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TAs planning for LA children

Discussion in 'Teaching assistants' started by ElizaMorrell, Feb 28, 2018.

  1. ElizaMorrell

    ElizaMorrell Occasional commenter


    Just a quick question from a curious teacher-

    I found out today that a couple of teachers in my school expect their classroom TAs to plan and deliver maths and English lessons to SEN/LA children, instead of them participating in normal classroom lessons. These children are taken out of the classroom most lessons and taught primarily by the TAs.

    Curious whether any TES TAs have had this sort of thing asked of them?
  2. RuthTom

    RuthTom Occasional commenter

    Yes. Although we are given resources to do it with and know what targets the children are expected to meet.
  3. chocolateworshipper

    chocolateworshipper Occasional commenter

    A decent SENCO wouldn't let it happen. The teacher and TA should rotate between children - no child should miss out on being taught by a qualified teacher.
    Bumptious and Pomza like this.
  4. sunshineneeded

    sunshineneeded Star commenter

    Chocolateworshipper is right - every child's learning should be planned by a qualified teacher, who should teach all of the children in their class over a week. Often, if the TA works 1-1 for all or much of the time with a child or group with SEND, they can have a more in-depth knowledge of exactly where the child is than the teacher - in that case, it's great if the teacher and TA can plan together. But TAs should be working 'under the direction of the class teacher - who should be planning for all the children in their class.
    Bumptious likes this.
  5. tamtams

    tamtams New commenter

    Ummmm. Wish someone would tell some of our teachers this.
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  6. theluckycat

    theluckycat Occasional commenter

    Agree that, although many TAs are extremely good in this day and age, a qualified teacher should be planning, especially in core areas like maths and literacy. That’s just good practice. Also there would be problems if this includes SEND or FSM children, given EHCP and pupil premium funding issues.
  7. dunnocks

    dunnocks Star commenter

    why LA children?

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