Effective Teaching Assistant Programme (ETAP) Cohort C


UpcomingEffective Teaching Assistant Programme (ETAP) Cohort C

Event Phone: 01793818603

Programme Content:

This is a four-day programme which aims to maximize the effectiveness of Teaching Assistants’ work in both primary and secondary classrooms. The focus will be on developing TAs’ skills to enable pupils to become independent, self-determining learners. Participants will examine and reflect upon some key ideas and develop their skills and learning in an experiential setting.

Day 1: Identity, belief, and the impact of a values based approach to working as a TA

Start with the End in Mind: What will my successful pupil look like and sound like after their time with me? In answering this question, the participants will:

  • clarify their identities as TAs;
  • establish clear understanding of their role and responsibilities;
  • understand the necessity of aligning their practice with Ofsted criteria;
  • know how to contribute towards the aims of the school;
  • be able to contextualise their role within the bigger picture;
  • know how to develop an effective working relationship with their class teacher.

Day 2: Challenge and engagement, including effective questioning

When I am challenging and engaging what specifically am I doing and how can I do more of it? In answering this question participants will:

  • understand that engagement is a state which can be created and changed;
  • become aware that effective learning involves coming out of a comfort zone;
  • understand the need for pupils to feel safe;
  • engage with and promote growth mind-sets and in doing so consciously shape an attitude to learning;
  • skill pupils to ask powerful questions to progress their learning.

Day 3: Assessment and how to make AoL and AfL an integral part of pupil thinking

How can I enable pupils to assess where they are and where they need to be with their learning? In answering this question participants will:

  • learn the difference between AoL and AfL and recognise the interdependence of the two;
  • practise a learning dialogue using a coaching model;
  • deepen their whole understanding of assessment.

Day:4: Coaching, mentoring and differentiating communication

How can I develop effective coaching skills and differentiate my communication to be the best TA I can be for my pupils? In answering this question, participants will:

  • learn the difference between coaching and mentoring;
  • develop confidence in using a coaching model;
  • modify communication according pupil information;
  • develop powerful rapport skills.

Dates:  Day 1 – Wednesday 18th April 2018

             Day 2 – Thursday 3rd May 2018

             Day 3 – Friday 8th June 2018

             Day 4 – Thursday 14th June 2018

Cost: £150 per delegate for all 4 days

These are all day sessions with lunch provided.  Please contact the Teaching School if you have any food allergies on 01793 818603.

Workshop Leader

  • Ron Piper
    Ron Piper, formerly Assistant Principal at The Ridgeway School and now PGCE Course Leader for the Swindon SCITT. Ron holds ICF recognised coaching qualifications and is also an NLP Master Practitioner and Trainer. Ron's current training focuses on exploring the commonalities that exist between outstanding teaching, coaching and self-leadership and considers questions such as Do Outstanding teachers coach rather than teach? What’s similar about coaching and leadership thinking? and What has to happen to create a coaching culture for staff and students? Ron is especially interested in how planning and designing lessons around coaching presuppositions has positive impact on student outcomes. In short, Ron is keen to help teachers to be coaches in their classrooms and help them to understand that Outstanding is a way of thinking rather than doing.
  • Sarah Jerman
    Sarah Jerman has been leading the two Teaching Schools in Swindon for 3 years and works with approximately 100 Primary, Secondary and Special schools in the Swindon locality. This work focusses heavily on recruiting and training new teachers, facilitating training programmes for all members of the teaching community and working with schools wanting support. Prior to her current role, Sarah was the Vice Principal at Drove Primary School and EYFS leader. Sarah has taught in all year groups from under 2s to year 13, but her passion lies in Early Years education. She is an EYFS Moderator for the Local Authority and facilitates the LA Statutory profile training. Sarah is a trained facilitator on the Outstanding Teacher Programme and specialised in Coaching and Mentoring during her MEd degree. Along with Ron Piper, Sarah is trained to facilitate training for teachers of EAL students, with Swindon Teaching School recently becoming an EAL Regional Training Centre.
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  • Effective Teaching Assistant Programme (ETAP)
    April 18, 2018
    9:00 am - 3:30 pm



Venue Phone: 01793 818603

Venue Website:

Plymouth Street, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN1 2LB, United Kingdom

Plymouth Street Swindon Wiltshire SN1 2LB Tel: 01793 818603  


Swindon Teaching School has no on-site parking; however, being located centrally in Swindon there is an excellent bus service available. If delegates are driving to the Centre we advise parking at Swindon Football Ground (SatNav SN1 2ED), a 5 minute walk away. Please note this is pay and display. Swindon Football Ground (County Ground) Up to two hours £0.20 2 to 6 hours £2.00 6 to 24 hours £4.00 Do not park in the Merlin pub car park as your car may be clamped. Please note that parking through the blue gates on Plymouth Street is for staff only