The Outstanding Teaching Assistant Programme (OTAP) is for teaching assistants who are, or who have the potential to be, outstanding in their roles. It is intended to develop the potential for teaching assistants to have a wider impact on improving the quality of teaching and learning across their school.
Designed and facilitated by experienced school leaders and teachers, the OTAP forms part of the OLEVI teaching and learning syllabus which has gained a national reputation for raising standards in teaching and learning.
The programme comprises of five sessions (3 full days). It is delivered through face-to-face facilitated sessions, classroom ‘ward rounds’ within the host school and post-session tasks at the delegate’s school.
Delegates focus on a range of aspects of teaching and learning such as understanding what an outstanding teaching assistant looks like, coaching for deep learning, new learning on differentiation, creating and leading an in-school project, what is effective questioning and
action planning and evaluation.
OTAP enables teaching assistants to:
- place a greater emphasis on the purpose value of the lesson they support, demonstrating a higher level understanding
- raise levels of engagement and achievement in learning
- use different methods and styles of support to challenge learners
- innovate and take risks
- have a bigger impact on the planning and assessment for the learners they support
- be able to coach their peers to raise performance
There is an expectation that delegates will attend all of the sessions. The programme works best if two or more teaching assistants attend from the same school. However, the programme is available to individuals if required.
Applicants should be inspiring individuals with excellent interpersonal skills and a strong commitment to teaching and learning. The key ingredient is the opportunity to share previous experience, existing expertise and new learning with colleagues in a safe, supportive and challenging environment.