Top TA Tips For Additional Support

Do people ever tell you that they can’t read your handwriting? If this is the case, the likelihood is an examiner won’t be able to read it either! Take active steps to improve your handwriting by doing the following:

Download and use this excellent resource (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1GWVhzBByiMPLV9HlV8Nrv3h6Y3jzKWI1/view?usp=sharing) (produced by the National Adult Literacy Agency via The Guardian – Teacher Network) which will help improve your handwriting. It includes warm-up exercises to limber up your hands, a wide variety of tasks to get you back into the habit of writing clearly and a troubleshooting section offering solutions for common problems.

Examples of interventions led by Teaching Assistants have included (Covid – permitting!):

  • Handwriting morning drop-in clinics.  If further input is needed, our lead TA for handwriting Mrs Horton may extend an invitation to join a handwriting intervention.
  • Autism and ADHD support: Mrs DeLacy-Jones is our Lead TA for Autism and ADHD. She offers an additional layer of support for these students. In addition for our students with autism, Mrs DeLacy-Jones liaises with the Communication and Autism.
  • Speech and Language support: Students are identified and assessed. If an area in highlighted that students need more support on, they will be invited to an after school session with Mrs Horton (Lead TA for Speech and Language).
  • Physiotherapy support: Some students need to do some physiotherapy exercises within school. Working closely with advice from their own physiotherapist, members of our teaching assistant team are able to supervise these exercises.

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