2nd Edition

Primary Teaching Assistants Learners and learning

Edited By Roger Hancock, Janet Collins, Mary Stacey Copyright 2013
    296 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    296 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Primary Teaching Assistants: Learners and Learning draws together ideas that are of central importance to teaching assistants and other support staff working in primary schools. It presents a rich variety of material written by teachers, teaching assistants, researchers and parents, that has been carefully chosen to offer a broad-based understanding of learning and the contexts in which learners can engage meaningfully with learning. 

    This second edition has been thoroughly updated and includes new chapters on effective communication, anti-cyber bullying, bullying amongst girls, higher level teaching assistants, restorative justice, and informal learning. Bringing together different perspectives it examines:

    • the changing role of teaching assistants
    • the nature of learning and assessment
    • approaches to learning support and inclusive practice
    • the relationships that are central to learning and children’s social development.

    Written for learning support staff and also their teaching colleagues, the book aims to enrich the contribution that adults can make to children’s learning in schools.

    Introduction  Section 1: Learning support  Introduction to Section 1  1. Ten titles and roles  2. ‘They call me wonder woman’  3. Supporting human Rights  4. My history of helpers  5. Klaus’ story  6. Calm, purposeful, happy  7. Nadia’s education  8. Support in a mathematics lesson  Section 2: Learners and learning  Introduction to Section 2  9. What is education for?  10. Learning: ‘Let us out…’  11. Home education and informal learning  12. Living and learning  13. Net gains for ‘slum’ children  14. Information and communication technology  15. Assessment  16. Fighting the fuzzies  17. Homework  Section 3: Learning relationships  Introduction to Section 3  18. Institutional rites and rights  19. ‘It’s not fair – anyway, we’ve got rights!’  20. Hearing the silence  21. Understanding eating disorders  22. Gypsies and Travellers  23. Considering communication  24. Tackling bullying  25. Anti-cyber bullying policy  26. Boys don’t cry  27. Police in schools  28. Supporting learning and behaviour  Section 4: Learners’ identities  Introduction to Section 4  29. Looking out for little miss popular  30. Language, culture and class  31. A balance of power: observing a teaching assistant  32. Life as a disabled head  33. Learners in the driving seat  34. An interactive pedagogy for bilingual children  35. Beyond pink and blue  36. Working with boys


    Roger Hancock is an Educational Consultant and Researcher.
    Janet Collins is a Staff Tutor at The Open University.
    Mary Stacey is a Writer and an Educational Consultant.