An assistant head teacher has stressed the positive role staff in teacher assistant jobs can fulfil if they are effectively utilised by teachers.
Writing for the Guardian, Danielle Egonu-Obanye, who works in an east London primary school, highlighted the need for teachers to communicate effectively with their teaching assistants on issues such as lesson plans and focus children, and to provide them with constructive feedback.
She also advised teachers to let their teaching assistants be more involved in lessons, give them greater scope for independent decision-making, and build on their individual strengths, skills and interests.
Ms Egonu-Obanye concluded: "Fundamentally, be conscious of planning for your support staff; it will empower them and allow you to have a greater impact on your pupils."
The Education Endowment Foundation has previously argued teaching assistants can help raise attainment in classrooms if they are given a well-defined pedagogical role or responsibility for delivering specific interventions, as well as adequate training and support.
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