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Teaching assistants: support in action
Teaching assistants are an important resource in education. This free course, Teaching assistants: support in action, looks at how the role has developed across the UK over time. It explores the skills and attributes that teaching assistants use to provide effective support and contribute to productive teamwork. This OpenLearn course introduces diverse roles and distinctive contributions of teaching assistants.
Course learning outcomes
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- be able to discuss how the UK’s teaching assistant workforce came into being
- be developing your understanding that teaching assistants are part of a wider assistant workforce in the public services of health, social services and education
- have insights into the diverse roles and distinctive contributions of teaching assistants across the UK
- be able to identify some of the skills that teaching assistants use to provide effective support and that contribute to productive teamwork
- be reflecting on the value of the work of teaching assistants and on the support skills involved, and thinking about your future role.
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- Learning outcomes
- 1 The rise of assistants
- 1 The rise of assistants
- 1.1 Assistant workers in other public services
- 1.2 Supporting teachers
- 1.3 Professional and personal skills
- 1.4 Titles and duties
- 1.5 Ways of working and contributing
- 1.6 Growth of the teaching assistant workforce
- 1.7 Teaching assistants in Europe
- 1.8 Teaching assistants and The Open University
- 2 Contribution and roles
- 3 Support in action
- 4 Looking to the future
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