There’s nothing like a bit of inclement weather (snow and plummeting temperatures) to make you appreciate the commitment of educational professionals, and that was certainly the case last week when DYT came to York.
Last Thursday, Richard Selfridge, Nancy Gedge, ably assisted by Kirsty Mills from Forest of Galtres Anglican and Methodist Primary School, presented research from Peter Blatchford, Rob Webster and the team at Maximising TAs on the use and deployment of TAs in schools (see MITAs DISS report and MAST study) and how the recommendations from the EEF can be applied, using evidence based practice , with Kirsty sharing the journey that her school has taken in reviewing the role of their TAs.
Over 100 people came to the event, where there was a real sense of the desire of professionals to improve practice for SEND learners.
Chris Rossiter, our director said, “It was wonderful to see so many participate in a successful day dedicated to such an important part of the teaching workforce. We look forward to facilitating future workshops covering a variety of different topics.”
Bringing school teams together in order to help facilitate a community of practice, where schools are able to share both problems and best practice is a key part of our vision at DYT. Plans are already afoot for more networking and training events.
Richard Selfridge, who is working with our DfL cluster of schools in York explained how “from an initial discussion with one school we were able to put on a free and accessible event that allowed us to share research, experience and practice with 15 schools in the region, and introduce them to the work of the Driver Youth Trust and their partners”.
If you have a topic you would like us to cover, or you are interested in your own event about how you can implement research-based advice on the use and deployment of TAs in your school, please get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org.