Teaching assistants are integral to the successful learning of all children. They are highly skilled and are recognised as playing an important role in the Academy. Teaching Assistants support the class or subject teacher to meet the needs of individuals or groups of pupils with special needs.
TAs may work with children who have Statements of Special Educational Needs (under the old SEND Code of Practice) or Education, Health and Care Plans (under the new SEND framework) and pupils who are at SEN Support in Schools stage of the new Code of Practice, either 1-1, in a group or as part of the whole class. The TAs, under the guidance of the teacher, carries out programmes of work, for example, small group literacy and numeracy support programmes or adaptation of lesson delivery to support access to the curriculum.
The placement of TAs is monitored and reviewed every term by the SENCO, and the TAs themselves.
TAs play an extremely important role in monitoring student's progress, achievement and attainment and are integral to the monitoring and updating of Pupil Passports and informing future provision and strategies to support individuals.
North Shore Academy recognizes the extremely important role of the TA and works with the Stockton Riverside College to offer TA apprenticeships.