Working Together Better

Learning Assistants, Teaching Assistants, SpLD support, Teachers, Trainers

This one-day workshop provides external input on good practice and helps management, teachers, tutors and support teams to develop an effective and inclusive approach to teaching and learning delivery. Staff work together better, identify each other’s strengths, needs and the ways of team working that are needed to improve students’ learning and to ensure that their individual needs are best met. The course is highly interactive and incorporates a range of teaching styles.

Learning Support and Teaching Assistants can to make a tremendous contribution within the learning environment and it is important, especially as few are fully trained teachers, that their role is well defined, planned and structured. This is especially important when they are required to provide more specialised support and guidance.

The effectiveness of the support provided by teaching and learning support assistants is highly dependent on the way that the teaching and learning support assistants role is developed and integrated into lesson planning and delivery. It is essential that management, teachers and the learning support staff have a clear, agreed and unified approach to their teaching delivery with well-defined structures in place.

Learning support teams need guidance and appropriate training in order to ensure that they work in ways that stretch and challenge students, promote effective participation and help learners to become more independent. Simultaneously, they need to provide detailed guidance and support, often taking a generic approach to the whole classroom requirements as well as focussing upon specific learner needs. Such opposing responsibilities are never easy to balance but they better achieved when management, teachers and support teams approach the classroom with common aims, objectives and agreed strategies.

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For Whom
The workshop is for managers, teachers, trainers and learning support staff; maximum benefit is achieved when representatives from all appropriate cohort types participate.

The workshop is suitable for all types of provision. It is particularly useful for all those involved with students on entry/pre entry programmes and/or receiving additional learning support.

Aims and Objectives
This workshop helps to develop a confident and positive approach to the working practices that create a more inclusive, supportive and more effective learning environment. One that better supports:

  • Teaching assistants and learning support teams working in collaboration with teachers and trainers to deliver associated benefits
  • Increased awareness of the roles and responsibilities of each learning staff member and how they can be integrated into scheme and session planning to maximum effectiveness
  • The development of organisationally-relevant strategies for ensuring effective participation in the learning environment


  1. Effective teaching and learning in a supported environment
    Session 1 looks at the case for classroom support and The Inclusion Agenda. This introductory session identifies the commitment to learner support across the UK. The requirements of Ofsted in relation to support for individual learning needs. The strategies that deliver maximum benefit for all students especially for those in need of more individualised support. The ways in which teams work together better and the roles wider organisational employees can play in supporting students.
  1. Working in collaboration with learner support staff
    Through the identification of the roles and responsibilities of staff within the learning environment, discussion round key guiding principles, the collaborative pointers and features of successful teams, delegates are encouraged to identify how an inclusive working with effective partnership of planning and implementation can be best achieved.
  1. Factors influencing learning and identifying specific organisational needs
    This interactive session explores the factors that influence learning, the individual needs of students and the importance of planned progression. Using examples of highly effective support mechanisms as basis participants consider the implications for them and their organisation
  1. Pulling it all together
    The last session provides time for participants to reflect on the day’s learning and to identify the key steps they can take to deliver a more integrated approach to teaching, learning and student support