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Timetabling teaching assistants

Discussion in 'Special educational needs' started by SENDsupport, Feb 24, 2016.

  1. SENDsupport

    SENDsupport New commenter


    Just wondering how others out there timetable their teaching assistants. Do you allocate one member of staff per student (where full time support is needed) or do you allocate different staff for different lessons for the 1 student.

    Have you found any positive or negatives for organising the team in a particular way?

    Thank you
  2. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    Assume you are Secondary ? I used to deploy TAs to Faculties. This only works well if all the staff understand the rationale behind the allocation and the policy for deployment is transparent. In some ways it delegates responsibilty to the individual Head of Faculty but you may need to monitor initially. The TA becomes a specialist in that curriculum area , can be based there and the HOF can take responsibilty for some PM targets although the 'body' in effect still remains part of the Curriculum Support Faculty / team - you will no doubt find that you need to be flexible and adaptable to the demands of the SEND record. This model works better re consistency / quality of lesson planning / contribution and of course if the additional adults are amenable to working within one curriculum area most of the time. Alternatively you can deploy TAs those to individuals who have a full time allocation and he / she works alongside in all subject areas ( often not required in PE we used to find !) so a bit jack of all trades ? I think much depends on the logistics of who you have , how you can best deploy according to skills and ability and personalities and how many students qualify for excessive support. I think the latter model lends itself more to the Velcro approach . Hope this helps ?
  3. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    Was my post was useful to you at all ?
  4. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    Obviously not.

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