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The Effective Teaching Assistant
A Practical Guide to Supporting Achievement for Pupils with SEND

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ISBN 9780367488468
December 29, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
168 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Aimed at teaching assistants who work closely with children with special educational needs, The Effective Teaching Assistant: A Practical Guide to Supporting Achievement for Pupils with SEND is a practical and accessible resource tailored precisely for teaching assistants’ specific needs which explores both the limitations and the opportunities presented by their role.


Each chapter provides both training activities and teaching resources designed to assist TAs/HLTAs in reflecting on their own experience while enhancing current practice. The chapter address key topics including

  • SEND and inclusive teaching
  • Multisensory teaching
  • Supporting differentiation or adaptive teaching


Supplemented with checklists and useful diagrams, this text is essential reading for teaching assistants, students, and practitioners. It is particularly relevant for students working in undergraduate, post graduate and professional development programmes.

Table of Contents


1. What Do TAS Need to Know about Special Educational Needs and Disability?

2. The Professional TA

3. What Do Teaching Assistants Need to Know about Core Deficits?

4. How Can TAs Support Multi-sensory Teaching?

5. What is the Role for TAs in Supporting Differentiation or Adaptive Teaching?

6. How Can TAs Contribute to the Graduated Approach ~ Assessment, Planning, Monitoring and Review for Pupils with SEND?

7. What Do TAs Need to Know about Identifying Pupils with SEND? The Needs Matrix

8. The Importance of Shared Practice

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Abigail Gray works as a private SEND consultant and trainer for Senworks Ltd and is an Achievement Coach for the national school improvement charity Achievement for All, after working for over 20 years as a teacher and school leader. She also works as a SEND Expert tutor on BPN’s NASENCO award and speaks and writes on all issues related to SEND and inclusion. Her first book, Effective Differentiation for Teachers, was published in 2018. Melanie Wright is a Level 7 Exams Access Arrangements assessor for GCSEs and A Levels, and completed my NASENCo award at the Institute of Education. She has been a SENCo for 15years across six schools in both the State and Independent Sector, from Nursery through to Sixth Form and have been part of the Senior Leadership Team for 8 years.


"A most helpful text for assistants who so often feel that they carry the responsibility for developing the skills and learning abilities of children with the greatest needs, yet lack the training to do so effectively." - Dr Lindsey Peer, CBE, Peer Gordon Associates

"This is a comprehensive, practical must-have book for any teaching assistant working with children with SEND." - Lorraine Petersen, Educational Consultant

"Immediately useful therefore and long overdue…I can think of no better recommendation than that it comes from practitioners and for no more deserving group of youngsters. [A]core text for TAs who provide such vital support work for our children." - Dr Elizabeth Sidwell CBE, BSC(Hons), PGCE, FRSA, FRGS,  Schools Commissioner for England (DFE 2011-13)