Teaching Assistant Reviews

Aug 29, 2018

Teaching Assistant Reviews (TA Review)


All reviews will be made bespoke to the needs of the school.  The following is only a guide.

As with all our work, the TA Review starts with you.  We will discuss what you wish to achieve from it and design the process around your needs.  This means we can be sure about what you want and need, and ensure that our work meets it.

It is a collaborative process and is NOT a 'done unto' event.  As such, we encourage that a member of your team, preferably the SENDCo, is with us at every stage of the process and that he/she/they take an active part in it.  We want staff to feel empowered by the process and come out of it with a clear plan of what will happen next.  In fact, we often hear 'This is a coaching session, isn't it', which we feel sums up our approach.  However, we are there to 'challenge the accepted norm' if needs be but this is polite, friendly and professionally done.

A typical review looks like:

Pre-review
  • Data and information on SEND, TA numbers and deployment is sent by the school to the reviewer.
  • A telephone conversation with a member of the school's Senior Team (usually the Headteacher) takes place.
Review Day
  • Meeting with the Headteacher (and others if required) to establish the focus of the day.
  • Meetings with the SENDCo and other key Staff.
  • A review of every aspect of the TA work.
  • A review of documents such as EHCPs and IEPs etc.
  • Learning walks with staff that are focused on example EHCPs or IEPs. Looking at how teachers and TAs are address the needs of these learners in the classroom.
  • Meetings with TAs.
  • Recap with the Headteacher (and others if required) at the end of the day.
Written Review
  • The school will normally receive a written review within 5 working days of the visit. This review is subject to the approval of the school. 
If this is not what you are looking for and you do not see it in our list of services do not worry. Please give us a call so we can help. 

If you need any more information or have a question please don't hesitate to contact us at sales@backdropeducation.com or on 0333 344 1976. 

'An excellent process. Challenging but very supportive. Lots of new ideas, even when we are doing very well, we could do better. Areas to improve made clear. Professional dialogue and deep questioning. Thorough understanding of my two tiny schools and our unique processes gained over the day. A good experience.'

Executive Headteacher, First School
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