Teaching Assistants Training

Teaching Assistants PD in the UAE - Professional Development in the UAE

Zen PD offers professional development courses for schools' teaching assistants. see below the details of each teacher PD training course, their duration and objectives.

Course Description

Are your teaching assistants (TAs) making a significant impact on pupil progress? This course facilitates whole-school action planning to ensure that TAs have a strong, positive impact on learning. The sessions unpick cutting-edge research surrounding the deployment, preparedness and practice of TAs and enable participants to explore the practical implications for their school.

Key Facts

Course Name

Teaching Assistants – Optimising Impact

Who is it for?

Teachers and & Teaching Assistants

Course Outcome

Session 1 – Exploring evidence and research (90 minutes)

Objectives:

Explore research on the deployment, preparation and practice of TAs
Begin to develop a plan of action for improving the effectiveness of TAs in your school
Session 2 – Preparedness and effective partnerships (90 minutes)
Objectives:
Engage with research on the impact of TAs in the classroom and use this knowledge to embed best practice
Think about the current overlapping nature of the teacher/TA roles in some schools
Explore what ‘preparedness’ means in relation to whole-class cover, supporting pupils with SEN and delivering intervention sessions
Session 3 – Drawing on research to improve classroom practice (110 minutes)
Objectives:
Explore what research says about effective TA practice
Develop classroom talk and independent learning
Identify areas for further professional development

Course Duration

1 Day

Course Description

Short on time? ‘The essentials’ is a summary of our Teaching Assistants: Optimising Impact training course and you can deliver it in just one hour.

Key Facts

Course Name

Teaching Assistants – Optimising Impact

Who is it for?

Teaching Assistants

Course Outcome

Within 60 minutes, your TAs will be equipped with:

Practical strategies to make a bigger impact on pupil outcomes (such as deployment, preparedness and practice)
Within 115 minutes, your TAs will:

Evaluate your school’s current TA practice, and work together to begin developing a whole-school action plan to move practice forward quickly

Course Duration

0.5 Days

Course Description

How effectively is your school engaging parents to improve pupil outcomes? This training course aims to help staff develop strong partnerships with parents and carers based on effective communication. It explores the link between parental engagement and pupil achievement, and addresses institutional, social and cultural barriers that can inhibit parental engagement. The training course aims to equip participants with the skills, knowledge and confidence to effectively engage all parents in their children’s learning

Key Facts

Course Name

Engaging Parents – Building Strong Partnerships

Who is it for?

Teachers, Teaching Assistants & Learning Support Assistants

Course Outcome

Session 1 – Introduction to parental engagement (90 minutes)

Objectives:

Explore current approaches to engaging parents
Understand the differences between ‘parental engagement’ and ‘parental involvement’
Explore research evidence and best practice case studies on effective approaches to parental engagement
Consider some of the most common barriers to parental engagement, and explore how to overcome them
Session 2 – Developing partnerships with parents (90 minutes)
Objectives:
Explore what might influence parents’ attitudes towards school
Look at how to develop positive rapport with parents
Explore how to build partnerships with parents through effective communication
Consider how to handle difficult conversations with parents
Session 3 – Encouraging family learning (90 minutes)
Objectives:
Explore the link between family learning and pupils’ outcomes
Discuss the characteristics of a positive “home learning environment, and consider how to help parents create one
Explore how to set homework that promotes family learning
Look at how technology can be used to build home-school partnerships
Session 4 – A whole-school approach to parental engagement (2 hours)
Objectives:
Draw together evidence from the module to inform whole-school direction on parental engagement
Explore how collective values regarding parental engagement relate to overall school vision
Encourage collaborative learning between colleagues, and explore how ideas will be put into action
Consider how any new approaches will be evaluated

Course Duration

2 Days

Course Description

Do your staff have a strong understanding of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? Following ADHD awareness month, this 90-minute session provides an introduction to the causes, symptoms and treatments of ADHD. It provides an opportunity to dispel some common myths and encourage best practice.

Key Facts

Course Name

ADHD Awareness

Who is it for?

All school staff

Course Outcome

The session is designed to last 90 minutes, but can be tailored to suit your timings and the needs of your staff.

Objectives:

Raise awareness of the causes, symptoms and treatments of ADHD
Build consistency in approach and understanding across the school

Course Duration

1 Day

Course Description

Are you confident that all your most able pupils are sufficiently stretched and challenged?
This training course will help you ensure all children at your school reach their full potential, by supporting your staff to:
Create a robust school definition of more able pupils and apply it to your cohort
Audit current provision for more able pupils
Learn from a range of relevant research
Equip themselves with evidence-based strategies to stretch more able pupils
Gain a deeper understanding of the barriers affecting more able disadvantaged pupils

Key Facts

Course Name

Stretch and Challenge More Able Students

Who is it for?

All School Staff

Course Outcome

Session 1 – Defining and identifying more able pupils (90 minutes)

Objectives:

Understand what is meant by more able pupils
Work collectively to develop a definition for more able pupils
Explore and review approaches for identifying more able pupils
Session 2 – Approaches and techniques (90 minutes)
Objectives:
Review the components of effective provision for more able pupils by exploring four techniques
Gain an understanding of the importance of fostering key learning behaviours in more able pupils
Explore New Zealand’s ‘One Day A Week’ school to generate ideas for classroom activities
Session 3 – Practical strategies for supporting more able pupils (100 minutes)
Objectives:
Develop an understanding of the importance of developing oracy skills in more able pupils
Understand the importance of providing challenge and building resilience in more able pupils, and critically review approaches
Gain knowledge and understanding of a range of strategies that enable more able pupils to develop cognitive study skills
Session 4 – Applying knowledge and auditing provision (90 minutes)
Objectives:
Apply knowledge from sessions 1, 2 and 3 to review a lesson plan and suggest improvements to provision for more able pupils
Review and reflect on provision for more able pupils in case studies of best practice
Conduct a collaborative reflective audit into provision for more able pupils in your own setting

Course Duration

2 Days