Visit the Painsley Catholic College website

Painsley Catholic College Teaching School Alliance

Painsley Catholic College Teaching Sschool Aliance
Life at Painsley Catholic College Teaching School Alliance Life at Painsley Catholic College Teaching School Alliance Life at Painsley Catholic College Teaching School Alliance Life at Painsley Catholic College Teaching School Alliance

Effective Teaching Assistant Programme (ETAP) / Effective Learning Support Programme (ELSP)

Following the phenomenal success of the TA in maths programme as part of the maths hub, we have launched the ETAP/ELSP(c). 

This programme is an exciting collaboration between Painsley Catholic College TSA and Blackfriars Special School and TSA.  We are delighted to be the first Alliance to deliver this programme.  This programme is for teaching assistants who are, or who have the potential to be highly effective in promoting outstanding pupil progress 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 ETAP/ELSP (c) is facilitated by primary and secondary and secondary special school facilitators, who are experts in supporting children with special educational needs.  Suitable for TAs and HLTAs as well as SENCOs wishing to develop their team.

What will it achieve? Having completed the course participants will…

  • Take away a series of strategies, skills and techniques that they can use in the classroom to accelerate pupil progress;
  • Raise levels of engagement and achievement in learning;
  • Develop personal and professional confidence;
  • Provide opportunities to share best practice with colleagues;
  • Supports whole approach to professional development;
  • Develops teaching assistant motivation;
  • Ensure more effective communication between TAs and class teachers.
  • Provides an effective use of Pupil Premium funding.

What does it involve?

Each programme comprises five sessions over five or six weeks. The key ingredient is the opportunity to share good practice and 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 so that they can have a significant impact on the progress of the pupils they support.  

Programme content includes:

  • How do children learn?
  • What are the barriers to learning and how can we use these to support progress?
  • Ensuring students understand tasks and success criteria
  • Questioning and communication skills
  • Effective feedback to pupils and teachers
  • TA observation—how can we use this to become even more effective?

To download a flyer click here.