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The top 10 things new SEND TA's need to know

Posted by Joseph Williams on Tuesday, 5 March 2019
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Every year, we help hundreds of people find roles as special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) teaching assistants (TA's) across different settings.

However, if you’re new to the classroom or if you’re returning after a significant break, this step can be a bit overwhelming. That’s why we’ve asked the Opogo career consultants to pull together their top tips for SEND TA's.

1. Understand the students you’re working with.

To be an effective teaching assistant, you’ll need to find out as much as possible about the students you are supporting. This might include reading their Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP's), speaking to class teachers and the SENCO to figure out what motivates them, what stresses them and how you might best provide support.

2. Be friendly and approachable. 

Being approachable and proactive is a huge part of being an effective TA. This might sound obvious, but you need to be friendly, supportive and approachable. This applies to both colleagues and pupils.

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About our Community Expert



Joseph Williams

Marketing & Comms Director at Opogo

Joseph has over ten years’ experience in building, developing and managing high-performance marketing teams across B2B and B2C businesses.

Joseph is passionate about improving the working conditions and the value proposition for educators as he believes they are our most valuable resource in continuing to drive the world forward.

Joseph is the Marketing and Communications Director at Opogo.

Topics: Teaching assistants


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