​​Teaching Assistants on the Frontline of Learning:

Welcome to the hidden web page for Teaching Assistants on the Frontline of Learning. The aim is to provide all the necessary slideshows, handouts and resources to enable delegates to deliver, share or cascade the information to colleagues back in school; indeed, many delegates have successfully done this with our Forum materials. Furthermore, it makes accessing resources and web links much easier, with everything stored in one place. Our copyright terms are that attending delegates are free to use the materials within their own school only. We hope you find this helpful!

Preparation for taking part in the online session

Before you take part in the interactive online session, please ensure you have the following resources prepared.

  • PC or Mac with internet access, speakers, microphone and web cam
  • Your Zoom link which will be emailed to you
  • Printed handout OR e-handout downloaded onto your tablet, from the relevant session below
  • Resources listed for the relevant session below
  • Course evaluation

Session 1

  • Printed handout or e-handout (below)




Museum Corners

  1. Learning the Cello
  2. Learning to Talk
  3. A word to the wise
  4. Responding to Mistakes
  5. Messing About
  6. Explanations

Gap task

Gap task: Scaffolding Learning

Gap Task template


Session 2

Slides and Handouts (to follow)

  • Printed handout or e-handout (below)



  • pdf of slides (below)




‘How-to achieve full familiarity with Cuisenaire®’ 

Questioning templates


Evaluating Understanding



Further Reading

Making the Best Use of Teaching Assistants

The Teaching Assistant’s Guide to Effective Interaction: How to Maximise Your Practice (May 2021) – available from Amazon and other bookshops


Recommended Texts

Emerson, J. & Babtie, P., 2013. The Dyscalculia Assessment. 2nd ed. London: Bloomsbury.

Emerson, J. & Babtie, P., 2014. The Dyscalculia Solution. London: Bloomsbury.

Bird, R., 2013. The Dyscalculia Toolkit. London: Sage.

Chinn, S. J., 2012. The Trouble With Maths: A Practical Guide to Helping Learners With Numeracy Difficulties. 2nd ed. London: Routledge.

Holt, J., 1982. How Children Fail. s.l.:Penguin.

Holt, J., 1983. How Children Learn. Revised ed. New York: Lawrence.


Welcome to ILOP

ILOP is the online portal designed to help every teacher be a confident teacher of pupils with SEND and, indeed, all pupils. 

More details on ILOP here


Course evaluation

Please submit your course evaluation here



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