Support Teaching and Learning in Schools (Primary) – Research

Since my Mum is an actual Classroom Assistant she has a few books from her time of studying to get a qualification. I decided that I should have a look in these just in case there’s some useful information for me to know about being in the school as I have no qualifications for this kind of job I think it’s best for me to gather some knowledge on the kinds of stuff that Classroom Assistants need to know.

She had three books left and they basically all repeated the same information but in different ways so I decided to only focus on one of the books, Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (Primary) as it was the most recent book.


The three books

I read four chapters, TDA 3.1 Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults, TDA 3.3 Support Learning Activities, SfCD SHC 32 Engage in Personal Development and TDA 3.10 Plan and Deliver learning activities under the direction of a teacher.

* notes added in by me – personal thoughts etc

So here are my notes from the book:

TDA 3.1 Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults

Why effective communication is important 

  • to contribute to positive relationships need to demonstrate and model effective communication skills in your dealings with others.
  • need to consider how you approach people and respond to them
  • adults who come into school are likely to give beneficial support if communication is strong and effective > benefit the pupils
  • important to model effective communication skills – checking what you’re saying in moments of stress or excitement so pupils can understand expectations in school
  • If ask pupils to behave in certain way we also need to be the examples of that

Principles of relationship building 

  • if others are comfortable in our company more likely to communicate effectively *That’s really true, when speaking to those who are above me I am often quite nervous and I struggle to communicate my ideas/thoughts properly
  • Positive relationships are not something that should be left by chance, consider ways in which we can develop them.
  • build relationships with others in school on daily basis in number of different ways
  • some are done without thinking but important to think about how you do it all of the following ;
  1. Effective Communication
  2. Showing Respect – be courteous and respectful, listen to their points of view
  3. Being Considerate – consider the position of others, could be under pressure from personal issues need to understand why may behave in certain way or out of character
  4. Remembering Personal Issues – helps to build positive relationships if you enquire about certain aspects of another persons life – being aware of child’s birthday *Every time it is someone’s birthday in class they sing happy birthday to them and they get a sticker/prize from the box so they aren’t forgotten about
  5. Taking time to listen to others – take time to listen especially if asking for help, show you are interested.
  6. Being clear on key points – ensure that the pupils are clear about what you said, can be distracted from main point, ask them to repeat what need to do.
  7. Maintaining a sense of humour – important to see the funny side of every situation

Social, professional and cultural contexts 

  • need to consider context in which you are working
  • need to adapt the way you communicate in different situations

Understand how to communicate with children, young people and adults 

  • worth reflecting on ways which you communicate effectively
  • communication vital part of role as assistant
  • if children do not feel their contribution is valued they are less likely to initiate communication themselves. Need to do the following
  1. Find Opportunities to speak
  2. Make Eye contact and actively listen
  3. Use body language and facial expressions, be approachable
  4. React and comment on what they are saying
  5. Be interested and respond, question
  • should encourage them to ask questions and put ideas forward
  • should feel relaxed and confident in school to do this

How to adapt communication with children or young people 

  • need to adapt behaviour and communication
  • children need to feel secure and valued
  • your interactions should demonstrate this through positively communicating with them and being involved you will show that they are part of the school community
  1. the age of child or young person – different ages require varying levels of attention, younger children need more assurance, may need more physical contact
  2. context of the communication – dealing with variety of different situations, be mindful of this and adapt verbal communication accordingly, important that children are focused and that you deal with any distractions if working learning activity. in more social situations such as in playground, opportunity to develop relationships while maintain professional
  3. communication differences – ensure care and sensitivity with children who have communication differences, need to take time and feel un-pressured when they are speaking. adapt to individual needs

Main differences between communicating with adults and with children and young people

  • need to think about how we maintain the relationship of carer to child and what it means in school context
  • need to see you as their carer
  • need to be formal relationships
  • need to be very clear and unambiguous in what we say
  • need us to communicate what is expected of them so they can learn to communicate themselves
  • make sure vocab and verbal expressions are at right level for children

for TDA 3.3 Support Learning Activities, I read it but did not make any notes.

SfCD SHC 32 Engage in Personal Development

Duties and responsibilities of our own role within the sector

  • be a good communicator/enjoy working with others
  • use initiative
  • respect confidentiality
  • be sensitive to children’s needs
  • have good listening skills
  • be willing to undertake training for personal development
  • be firm and fair with children
  • enjoy working with children + have sense of humour

TDA 3.10 Plan and Deliver learning activities under the direction of a teacher.




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