Teaching Assistant CPD Reviews

Teaching assistants are valued educational professionals who play a vital role in teaching and learning. In order to ensure TAs are fully prepared for their role in the classroom school leaders should ensure that teaching assistants have the right knowledge and skills to provide effective teacher and pupil support.

Our academy teaching assistant CPD reviews follow a supportive, non-judgemental, evidence -informed process, providing a lens through which to review and develop your TA CPD offer.

If you would like to commission a Teaching Assistant CPD Review in your academy, please email institute@attrust.org.uk.

Facilitator- Abi Joachim

Abi Joachim is based at Westbourne Academy and has worked as a TA, and later HLTA, for over twenty years. She has a degree in psychology and an MA in education, with a focus on SEND. Abi established the Suffolk TA Network in 2020, which supports and promotes the work of teaching assistants across the county through a range of training and networking opportunities. She was a speaker at the nasen Live conference 2021 and the Schools and Academies Show 2021 and writes articles and blogs for a range of publications, including the TES, The Link magazine and the Research Schools Network on issues relating to TAs. Abi is passionate about TA CPD and recently completed the TDT Associate Qualification in CPD Leadership, with a focus on provision for teaching assistants.

TA CPD Review Process

  1. Pre-visit self-evaluation process, including a TA CPD RAG rated self-evaluation, TA CPD survey and TA skills audit
  2. One-day TA CPD review visit including professional conversations with key staff and a review of CPD processes and documentation, with a focus on teaching assistants
  3. Written report identifying strengths, possible areas for development and practical suggestions
    Up to two 30-minute support calls, via telephone or TEAMS, if required
  4. Half-day follow-up progress visit; a chance to review progress, celebrate successes and plan for future developments