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Teaching Assistants and Other Adults in the Classroom - Professional Development and Careers

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Created on 08 September 2010 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 14 April 2011 by ncetm_administrator

Professional Development and Careers

Professional Development
The National Centre portal has a lot of information about improving your mathematics skills and your skills in helping learners.

When you log in to the NCETM portal you have your own Personal Learning Space.

The NCETM professional development courses for primary, secondary and Post-16 mathematics are well worth exploring. They are great for helping you to think about concrete, visual and abstract learning. You can dip into them at your convenience. 

A great way to of doing a little professional development regularly is to read the National Centre's online magazines for Early Years, Primary, Secondary or Further Education. You can find links to each magazine at the right hand side of the home page with new editions appearing regularly, or search the archives for lots of useful ideas and resources.

Become a fan on Facebook Explore the NCETM Facebook page to see notifications of news and new magazine issues.

Some mathematics specialist teaching assistants progress to become higher level teaching assistants (HLTAs). Teaching assistants who regularly take responsibility for whole classes can also explore whether it may be possible for them to become designated as unqualified teachers.

Higher Level Teaching Assistant - Secondary Mathematics and Science is a report which presents the findings of the initial research into the programme to develop specialist HLTAs and will be of interest to any prospective HLTAs with a mathematics or science subject specialism.

If you have any questions you’d like to discuss with other teaching assistants or HLTAs, post them in the HLTA community.

Alternatively you can start discussions in the any of the general communities such as

For example this discussion is about applying to work as a teaching assistant.

Some teaching assistants enjoy becoming involved in or managing research projects.  A good starting point is the Regional Projects Programme. You can find out about the different kinds of projects funded by the National Centre, and read about some completed projects


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