1st Edition

The Teaching Assistant's Guide to Effective Interaction
How to maximise your practice

ISBN 9781138856196
Published September 3, 2015 by Routledge
130 Pages

USD $47.95

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Book Description

The Teaching Assistant’s Guide to Effective Interaction is the definitive guide to teaching assistant-pupil interaction and an invaluable professional development tool for classroom support staff and the teachers who work with them. The authors’ research and development work with schools has highlighted the need for specific, practical guidance on the role of the teaching assistant.

This highly practical and accessible book sets out a role for teaching assistants that focuses on developing pupils’ independence and ownership of learning. Based on a classroom-tested framework, and covering the main contexts in which teaching assistants work, it includes practical strategies and reflective activities to help you improve the support you provide to pupils in everyday settings. This book will help you to:

  • Improve your interactions with pupils
  • Understand the principles behind effective classroom talk
  • Carefully scaffold pupils’ learning
  • Work effectively in collaboration with teachers
  • Support the Assessment for Learning process
  • Support group work and collaborative tasks
  • Deliver intervention programmes.

This book is an essential read for all teaching assistants. It will also be of interest to school leaders, SENCos and teachers, in both primary and secondary schools, who wish to improve their use of teaching assistants and their own interactions with pupils.

Table of Contents

1. The teaching assistant as scaffolder  2. The value of planning the right task and pupils taking an active role in interactions  3. The principles of scaffolding  4. Scaffolding strategies  5. Assessment for learning: Providing valuable feedback for teachers and pupils  6. Promoting effective group work  7. Delivering intervention programmes

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Paula Bosanquet is Head of Subject for Education and Development at the Cass School of Education and Communities, University of East London, UK

Julie Radford is Senior Lecturer in Special and Inclusive Education at the UCL Institute of Education, London, UK

Rob Webster is a Researcher at the UCL Institute of Education, London, UK and co-author of Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants.


An impressive and important book … I urge colleagues to treasure this as a means of building a rich resource of pedagogical support within the classroom… this book is an essential read.

- Dame Alison Peacock, Executive Headteacher, The Wroxham School, Herts

A really practical guide to help teaching assistants improve their practice … a must read for headteachers, teachers and teaching assistants.

- Sue Cowley, author and teacher trainer                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

This accessible, interesting and well-informed book offers teaching assistants the opportunity to understand, review and plan their interactions with students, so they can offer them the best help with their learning.

- Neil Mercer, Professor of Education, University of Cambridge

An awe inspiring must read if you play any role in a child’s educational journey.

- Tracy Alcon, Teaching Assistant, Baynards Primary School, Essex

"Any SENCO implementing the MITA recommendations would be well advised to have a copy of this book to hand. It is accessible, engaging and has a strong focus on encouraging critical reflection on practice." - Martin Edmonds, publised in Special Children magazine.