Category Archives - Teaching Assistants

10 Top Tips for New Teaching Assistants

10 Top Tips for New Teaching Assistants Punam Sharma is a year 6 teaching assistant at Thornbury Primary Leadership Academy in Bradford. In 2019, she won a Primary Teaching Assistant of the Year Award, in recognition of her contribution to children’s education and support. She offers those new to the profession some key advice to help set…

Emotional literacy support assistants – meeting children’s wellbeing needs

Emotional literacy support assistants – meeting children’s wellbeing needs. “The idea is to motivate children and engage them in understanding their emotions better. It’s a mixture of feelings and other difficulties we’re dealing with – anxiety, low self-esteem, sadness, angry feelings or non-compliance and friendship problems,” says Vanessa Biles, an emotional literacy support assistant (ELSA)…

Tackling the teaching assistant shortage

Tackling the teaching assistant shortage. Teaching assistants are in short supply – that’s according to the Skills and Employment Trend Report October 2020, published by the Skills Network. It shows that teaching assistant posts are the most sought after positions in the early years and education sectors – with the number of job postings totalling 40,965 between…