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- Education Professionals
In this programme award-winning TA Lyn Owen teaches by example. She won the Teaching Awards TA of the Year in 2002, after being nominated by Lathom High in Skelmersdale, where her fans include both colleagues and students.
When Lyn Owen joined Lathom High 10 years ago she was the first non-teaching assistant in the school. Today she is a newly qualified HLTA who manages a team of seven teaching assistants.
Lyn leads the induction, training and professional development of TAs at the school and sits in on the interview and selection process. The Teaching Awards commended Lyn for the procedures and policies she has set up for her department, including a booklet she produced that talked about the TA role specific to the school.
Despite all this Lyn hasn't forgotten the most important aspect of the job: "I'm here to support the pupils first and foremost. That's my role, not admin!"
Lyn was based in English classes for many years and even sat her GCSE alongside her pupils, but she has now given herself the challenge of MFL. What's more, thanks to her knowledge of school systems, the pupils and the subject, she really comes into her own when working with supply teachers.
Part of the series: School Matters