This course book is for all degree students who are support staff, particularly teaching assistants (TAs), working in educational settings. It focuses on professional, academic and vocational issues that are common to support workers across the school sectors, and provides essential guidance on the increasingly complex role of all those involved in teaching and supporting learning. The reader is supported throughout by learning objectives, practical and reflective tasks, relevant case studies and chapter summaries. This new edition has been extensively revised to reflect recent changes in legislation, policy and the curriculum. It includes new or significantly amended chapters; on the development of support staff; supporting pupils in crisis; learning in the early years; inclusion, SEN and phonics.

Supporting the Whole Child

Supporting the whole child
Maureen JudgeFelix Obadan

Chapter Objectives

By the end of this chapter you will:

  • have explored aspects of pastoral support and personal, social and health education (PSHE) and citizenship, including social and emotional aspects of learning (SEAL);
  • understand the relationship between these aspects and achievement, and be able to identify some of the main strategies used to address these needs, such as circle time, one-to-one support, mentoring, peer group support systems, playground activities and thematic topics such as anti-bullying weeks;
  • be aware of the various roles support staff can play in these respective fields.

Links to HLTA Standards

  • Understand the key factors that affect children's and young people's learning and progress.
  • Know how to contribute to effective personalised provision by taking practical account of diversity.
  • Have sufficient ...
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