1st Edition

How to Be a Brilliant Teaching Assistant

By Susan Bentham Copyright 2019
    210 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    210 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    How to Be a Brilliant Teaching Assistant draws on knowledge from very experienced teaching assistants and Susan Bentham’s own extensive research to explore the common denominators that unite all brilliant teaching assistants. The book explores becoming a brilliant teaching assistant as a journey and not an end point, and provides support that will help you along the way, whether you’re just starting out in your career or you’ve been an experienced teaching assistant for years.

    This accessible book covers all aspects of the teaching assistant role, such as:

    • Key roles and responsibilities
    • Meta-cognition and understanding children’s learning
    • Delivering high quality lessons alongside teachers
    • Developing useful subject knowledge
    • Undertaking research and professional development

    Illustrated with activities, discussion points and anecdotes, this book is a source of support, guidance and inspiration for every teaching assistant engaged in the ongoing process of becoming an outstanding professional.

    1. What is in a name? 

    2. Becoming a Brilliant TA 

    3. The Essentials 

    4. Understanding Learning 

    5. Understanding Behaviour 

    6. Relating to Others 

    7. What is Best Practice? 

    8. Using Best Practice to make a Difference 

    9. What does a Brilliant TA look like?


    Susan Bentham is Co-ordinator of Master’s Provision at the Institute of Education, University of Chichester, UK. Susan has worked at the university for ten years on a variety of programmes including Master’s in Education, Master’s of Teaching and Learning and the Student Associate Scheme. Her interest focuses on the training of support staff; this interest has led to the publication of nine books for teaching assistants and doctoral studies concerning collaborative relationships between teachers and teaching assistants.