From One TA to Another
Top Tips for Successful Intervention Groups
Small group interventions take up the lion's share of a TA's time. It is an ongoing challenge to:
- Ensure that every child receives their required interventions - for some pupils this may be several every day.
- Create an opportunity to speak to the teacher to be clear about exactly the skill the pupil is to work on.
- Make certain that the needs of each individual pupil are catered for; supplying visual prompts handwriting grips, ear defenders, making sure they have their glasses.
- Engage the pupil/s.
- Source and prepare materials and gather together equipment.
- Cope with behaviour.
- Accommodate the ever-changing school day to fit in interventions around swimming lessons, special projects, school trips, play rehearsals, and absences.
- Find space to carry out the interventions.
- Feed back to the teacher.
- Evidence the intervention with photographs and record the session outcomes.
- Reflect upon the session about what went well and prepare for the next.
And, most importantly of all, teaching a new skill to a pupil that they can generalise back in the classroom and other situations - all in a 20 minute intervention slot!
I don't know how we do it...
We asked TAs from around the country to share their tips for overcoming some of these hurdles when running their intervention groups.