- Subject index
Using stories of successful practice and ideas for improving collaborative work, the book explores and maps the development of the roles in relation to children's learning that can be played by people other than qualified teachers.
Chapter 3: Making the Most of the Teaching Assistant for Special Educational Needs
Making the Most of the Teaching Assistant for Special Educational Needs
Whether you welcome teaching assistants with open arms or accept them with some trepidation, teaching assistants are part of the future of education. The teaching assistants can be the greatest asset some teachers will ever have, other than winning the lottery – a less likely event – or, for some, as reported in the Guardian (25 April 2002), the teaching assistant can be viewed as extra work and responsibility that is not needed. Ofsted (cited by Curtis, 2002) also found that, while the quality of teaching may improve with teaching assistants, the workload may also increase and not decrease. The findings of the National ...