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Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
A Handbook for Higher Level Teaching Assistants

ISBN 9780415358842
Published February 26, 2009 by Routledge
204 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools is an accessible, user-friendly handbook designed to provide practical guidance and ideas to support Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTAs). It covers the knowledge and skills needed by HLTAs to work effectively with pupils, teachers, parents and other professionals concerned with the well-being of children.

The book relates directly to the standards for HLTAs but also provides a deeper grounding in pedagogy and the role of the teacher and the HLTA in creating productive learning environments. The text is illuminated with examples of existing good practice, and a range of tried-and-tested strategies to help HLTAs develop in all aspects of their work.

It provides essential background knowledge, together with a range of activities designed to support learning, examining:

  • the roles of the HLTA and teacher respectively, and interactively
  • classroom management and interactions with pupils
  • pupil differences
  • the place of the HLTA within the school community
  • professional development.

The book can be used alongside the popular Routledge Learning to Teach in the Secondary School series, which gives detailed examples of theory and practice about teaching and learning for trainee teachers. It is an invaluable resource for current and prospective HLTAs working across a wide range of subjects

Table of Contents

1. Intro  2. Your Role as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant  2. Collaborative Working  3. Developing Communication Skills: nonverbal  4. Developing Communication Skills: verbal  5. Pupil Diversity  6. Pupil Behaviour and Strategies  7. How Pupils Learn  8. Learning Theories and Strategies  9. Monitoring and Assessing Pupils  10. Developing your Subject-Specific Knowledge 11. Developing Resources and Using ICT  12. Observing in Classrooms  13. Your Professional Development

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Sarah Younie is Principal Lecturer at De Montfort University with experience of teaching on the BA Honours Degree in Education Studies, PGCE secondary and Masters Programmes.

Susan Capel is Professor and Head of the School of Sport and Education at Brunel University.

Marilyn Leask is Professor of Education at Brunel University. She previously worked for the Improvement and Development Agency for Local Government and the Training and Development Agency for Schools.


'Aimed at higher level teaching assistants (HLTAs), this invaluable handbook reviews the knowledge and skills required to work effectively with pupils, colleagues and parents.' - Learning Teaching Update November 2009