New this year: OTAP – The Outstanding Teaching Assistant Programme

New this year: OTAP – The Outstanding Teaching Assistant Programme

Course dates: The programme is facilitated over 6 morning sessions in the spring term, beginning on Monday 4th February 2019

Course venue: Whitehall Primary School


The Outstanding Teaching Assistant Programme is for teaching assistants who are, or who have the potential to be, outstanding in their roles. It is intended to develop the potential for Teaching Assistants to have a wider impact on improving the quality of teaching and learning across the school.

OTAP is facilitated by Mark Townsend, an experienced Specialised Leader of Education (SLE) who has successfully delivered the OTAP in Hampshire in previous years. 


  • to place a greater emphasis on the purpose and value of the lessons the TA supports;
  • to raise levels of engagement and achievement in learning;
  • to use different methods and styles of support to challenge learners;
  • to support delegates to innovate and take risks;
  • to support TAs to have a bigger impact on the planning and assessment for the learners they support;
  • to support delegates to demonstrate a higher level understanding of teaching and learning;
  • be able to coach colleagues to raise performance

Programme Overview

  • Session 1: February 4th 2019 – Exploring the role of the TA
  • Session 2: February 11th 2019 – Exploring behaviours for learning, Creating a quality learning environment, Challenge & Engagement
  • Session 3: February 25th 2019 – Effective questioning; Role-modelling questioning
  • Session 4: March 4th 2019 – Developing a greater awareness of differentiation and assessment
  • Session 5: March 11th 2019 – Deepening the use of language for learning
  • Session 6: March 18th 2019 – Outstanding Teaching & Learning

All sessions run from 8.45am – 11.45am to allow delegates to return to school for the afternoon session)

The OTAP content includes:

  • understanding what an outstanding teaching assistant looks like
  • key definitions and audits of strengths & weaknesses
  • coaching for deep learning
  • new learning on differentiation
  • creating and leading an in-school project
  • developing a success criteria
  • what is effective questioning?
  • action planning and evaluation

The programme enables delegates to share ideas and strategies to help move their school’s forward. Delegates gain confidence in feeling able to voice their views and ideas, and feel empowered to take the lead in their development as “lead learning assistants”, with a focus on facilitating the pupils learning experience.

  • The strands underpinning all of the sessions are based on DR ICE (Deepening thinking, Role-modelling, Impact on learning, Challenging expectations, Engaging in learning)
  • Each session includes reflection and discussion time to engage with the theory as well as a skills audit to reflect on how to apply the concepts back at school.
  • A number of the sessions will provide participants with the opportunity to undertake a ‘ward round (learning walk) and observe practice across the school.

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