Best Practice with Teaching Assistants Award (BPTAA)
The SEN/Learning Support Department has signed up to an innovative award to further develop and acknowledge the work of its team of Teaching Assistants.
The Best Practice with Teaching Assistants Award (BPTAA) helps schools evaluate and recognise the valuable role of teaching assistants in pupils’ achievement. It aims to assist schools to work more effectively with their teaching assistants to support pupils’ attainment and wellbeing. It’s an exciting initiative that provides a process of self-evaluation, planning and development, sharing good practice and a celebration of success for the work undertaken.
The core purpose of the award is to recognize and celebrate the invaluable, increasingly complex role of teaching assistants in supporting the teaching and learning and pastoral care of students. It also aims to evaluate, monitor and support the leadership, management and work of teaching assistants in order to maximize pupil attainment, achievement and well-being of students.
At a recent INSET day, the team spent time working on the school self-evaluation element of the award and preparation of an Action Plan. Next, the plan will be implemented and a portfolio of evidence built. Following an interim assessment of progress, verification will lead to achievement of the award and accreditation. It is hoped that the process will be completed during the next school year.
Mrs M Veale, Assistant SENCO, said of the award, ‘We are excited as a team to have this opportunity to celebrate and further improve our work across the whole school.’
For more information about the award, please visit www.awardplace.co.uk/award/bptaa