Professional Development

Enabling effective transition for the vulnerable

Moving from nursery to reception is often a daunting prospect for vulnerable children and the contribution of teaching assistants can be crucial. Liz Jenkins and Rebecca Nelson describe a networking initiative designed to put teaching assistants at the helm of their own professional learning.
Parent with children

Professional networking and development

This article describes a professional development initiative for teaching assistants being developed as a strand of work within a small and newly- formed Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) network in East- Central Bristol.  The network currently includes St Werburgh’s Park Nursery School, one other local nursery school and five local primary schools, with hopes that this will expand to additional primary schools. The initiative is at a very early stage and the article describes the background to the formation of the group and some of the emerging findings relevant to the professional development of teaching assistants working with SEND children. 

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