I was just wondering how people planned to use their TA in terms of admin type tasks. Obviously s/he is there to support the children during most lesson times, but during any other time what sort of tasks is it reasonable to expect a TA to carry out? We had NO input about this during training, and my experiences on placements have varied. I know someone is now going to say "use him/her how YOU see fit" but I can't be the only one who wants to handle a very experienced and well established TA carefully. I don't want to get her back up by giving her a long list of admin tasks on INSET day (the TAs have no training that day) but I also don't want to get into a situation where I'm doing absolutely everything myself because I'm too shy to ask!