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OLEVI launches new Outstanding Teaching Assistant Programme (OTAP)

We at OLEVI have long recognised the importance of the Teaching Assistant’s role in teaching and learning, valuing the unique knowledge and perspective they bring to the learning experience and learning outcomes of children. This term sees the launch of our brand new programme the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Programme (OTAP). Piloted successfully last year by The Earls High School the programme is now being provided across our OLEVI network. OTAP 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 TAs to have a wider impact on improving the quality of teaching and learning across the school. The course participants will:-

  • Place a greater emphasis on the purpose and value of the lessons they support
  • Raise levels of engagement and achievement in learning
  • Use different methods and styles of support to challenge learners
  • Innovate and take risks
  • Have a bigger impact on the planning and assessment for the learners they support
  • Demonstrate a higher level understanding of teaching and learning
  • Be able to coach colleagues to raise performance

Each programme comprises five sessions over five or six weeks. The key ingredient is the opportunity to share previous experience, existing expertise and new learning with colleagues in a safe, supportive and challenging environment. Participants will feel inspired and motivated to take their learning back into their schools, to make an immediate impact in their own practice, with the pupils they support, their SEN colleagues and the wider teaching staff.