The Teaching Assistant College Blog

Teaching Assistant training and accredited qualifications. Working with schools to improve practice with teaching assistants. Supporting teaching assistants to be creative in their learning support.


Sailing through your observation

As a Personal Support Tutor I love doing Direct Observations. I love getting into schools and seeing the wonderful practice of my students first hand, watching how they work and the relationships they have developed, and how they make a real...


December: Let’s be realistic

You’ve nearly made it! We’re nearly at the end of the first term! Doesn’t it feel like 5 minutes since our first day back?


Embedding Growth Mindset Throughout the School Team

 What do Thomas Edison, Oprah Winfrey, Sir Richard Branson, J K Rowling and Nelson Mandela have in common?


5 mistakes to avoid when working with learners with Special Educational Needs

With approximately 1.1 million children with special educational needs being educated in mainstream schools (that’s approximately 10%) it’s important that TAs understand how to support SEN in the classroom, as it’s highly likely you will need to...


5 Ways to Make your Qualification a Breeze

At any stage of life, undertaking a qualification is a really rewarding and fulfilling experience. You’re taking control of your goals and ambitions and putting in place practical steps to work towards them. However, it can also be a little...


5 Assumptions to Avoid to be an Amazing TA

1.       Thinking there’s a perfect TA

No matter how long we’ve been in the role, how many teacher’s we’ve worked with, how many children we’ve supported or how much training we’ve done, there is no perfect TA. We often hear new TAs talk about...


Why being a TA is the best job in the world!

You get to really make a difference

Every day working as a TA you get to make a difference in a child’s life. Whether it’s listening to them read that day, helping them make a break through in their learning, or taking a genuine interest in their...


Embedding Growth Mindset Throughout the School Team

What do Thomas Edison, Oprah Winfrey, Sir Richard Branson, J K Rowling and Nelson Mandela have in common?


Five Tips for Talking to Young Children

Being able to talk to young children can seem like a gift – some people can it do naturally, whereas it can make others feel quite uncomfortable! Yet engaging young children in conversation, or simply letting them listen to conversations, is an...