News about TAs

Tuesday 2nd July 2013

A recent government review into efficiency of value for money and spending public money following the introduction of a national funding formula recommends making use of evidence to determine the right mix of teaching and education support staff.

Review of efficiency in the schools system, to see a copy of the review click here 

We should not underestimate the value of well-trained teaching support staff and the impact they can have on children and young people with dyslexia-SpLD. The report states:
"However, the way schools deploy support staff is also important, with the potential to have a significant and positive impact on pupil outcomes if used in line with the evidence on what works."
See  www.interventionsforliteracy.org.uk/case-studies/watch/helen-arkell-teaching-assistant-courses-effective-implementation-in-the-classroom/ for a short film case study.
There are many organisations that offer good quality training for support staff, here are just a few:
The Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre www.arkellcentre.org.uk/Professional-Courses/Dyslexia-Courses-For-Teaching-Assistants.html
The British Dyslexia Association www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/courses-and-events/training/training-for-teachers-and-parents.html
Dyslexia Action http://dyslexiaaction.org.uk/short-courses-cpd
Springboard for Children www.springboard.org.uk/training.php


Melanie Byrne
Director
The Dyslexia SpLD-Trust               
                                   

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