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The Best Practice with Teaching Assistants Award (BPTAA) provides a straightforward, practical resource to support whole school improvement through leading the management and support of teaching assistants.
With a focus on the leadership and work of all teaching assistants, the BPTAA is an exciting initiative that provides a process and framework for self-evaluation, planning and development, sharing of good practice and a celebration of success for the work of teaching assistants in all phases and types of schools and academies.
The framework comprises of 10 Objectives focusing on areas which impact positively on the effectiveness of teaching assistants. Objectives 1 and 2 begin by setting up and monitoring the award, Objectives 3 through 9 focus on the preparation, deployment and practice of teaching assistants and Objective 10 reviews the impact on the work of teaching assistants and outcomes for pupils.
The core purposes that underpin the Best Practice with Teaching Assistants Award are:
These core purposes are based on a wide-ranging review of literature and research on the work of teaching assistants which is explored in detail within the BPTAA guidance.
Recent research, including the Deployment and Impact of Support Staff (DISS, 2009) project (2003–2009) and further resulting publications, suggest that the potential of teaching assistants to improve achievement and attainment of pupils is only fully unlocked through strategic management of their work.
The BPTAA supports schools to:
★ make straightforward changes that enable teaching assistants to work more effectively, in ways that can have a potentially transformative effect on pupil outcomes
★ demonstrate external validation of schools’ self-evaluation and development of the preparation, deployment and practice of its teaching assistants
★ improve pupil achievement, behaviour and social and emotional well-being
★ uphold the principles of the SEND Code of Practice 2015
★ use Pupil Premium funding effectively.
Through its supportive and thorough framework, the BPTAA seeks to ensure that every member of the school community feels valued, safe and secure, and every member can achieve their potential in all areas of school life.