About the Best Practice with Teaching Assistants Award
Offering a framework for the strategic management of teaching assistants' work, the Best Practice with Teaching Assistants Award helps you to evaluate and recognise the valuable and increasingly complex role of teaching assistants in pupil achievement.
The award helps you to work more effectively with your teaching assistants to support pupils' attainment and well-being across all areas of the school.
Through a process of self-evaluation, action planning for improvement and evidence collection, school leaders will discover ways to support the work of teaching assistants, maximising their impact to benefit the whole school.
Develop and facilitate CPD opportunities for teaching assistants, linked to a robust appraisal system and the priorities of the school.
Work with teaching assistants' particular skills, talents and expertise to develop the learning and progress of pupils.
Promote collaborative approaches, including planning and feedback, that prepare teaching assistants to support pupil progress.
Ensure management systems effectively promote children's progress through the work of teaching assistants.
Promote teaching and learning through effective classroom practice and interventions.
Create clear induction policies, job descriptions and line management for teaching assistants.
Steps to Achieving an Award
Evaluate your current provision against the award framework.
Practical action planning
Work with the award framework to create and implement your school’s Action Plan.
Collect evidence to meet the award framework.
External review of the school's evidence against the award framework.
Receive your award and celebrate your school’s achievement!
Ensure that school improvement is sustainable and continuous.
for coordinators who prefer an independent approach
Create your school action plan
Access the Awards team for process support
Drive the process of collecting evidence and preparing for accreditation
for coordinators who prefer a supported approach
Work with an adviser to create your school action plan
Receive regular email and telephone support from your adviser
Check your progress with an adviser-led interim visit and report