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This programme focuses on a group of nine teaching assistants and teachers talking honestly about the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities involved in working together.
Kate Atkins, deputy head at Rosendale Primary school, leads the group through a workshop and two actors from Big Wheel Theatre enact three common scenarios for the group to discuss.
Many teaching assistants have expressed the view that getting the relationship right between themselves and teachers is critical to the work done by on both sides.
Through role swapping and debate, the group lay out some of the 'danger' areas for both sides such as communication, lack of respect from pupils/parents, and clarity of roles. By doing so, they then begin to develop an understanding of their opposite roles.
The workshop aims to offer a basis of understanding from which to build more effective work relations.
This programme is linked to Working with Teachers - Practical Tips, where practical strategies are offered to solve typical problems.
Read a review of this video on the Teacher Training Resource Bank site.
Part of the series: Primary TAs