Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

How Do I Ensure a Strong Relationship with My LSA to Support Behaviour?

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

How Do I Ensure a Strong Relationship with My LSA to Support Behaviour?

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Your learning support assistant can be a vital help in ensuring classroom order, so work with them

As a teacher, I do not profess to understand how difficult the learning support assistant (LSA) role can be, so I turned to Twitter and Facebook. Here's the advice that came back.

You need to ensure that everyone in your team feels valued. Some people think that LSAs and teachers should have joint CPD. We shout about consistency, but if we don't have all members of staff contributing to training then how can we expect that consistency to be in place?

Others suggest joint planning, preparation and assessment time for the teacher and LSA. This will not only strengthen your relationship, but also give you more perspective on the behaviour difficulties that you face.

You need to be able to make yourself approachable. No two people have the same expectations and opinions on behaviour. You both need to be able to discuss your thoughts freely. Model your expectations. Discuss clearly when you would intervene with behaviour in the classroom and how. …

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