[Senco-forum] TA Appraisals
amandavh at btinternet.com
Thu Mar 15 21:28:47 GMT 2012
What does your Head want to use appraisal for? If you have no means of using it to advance careers, there has to be a reason for it.
We don't call it appraisal. We call it performance management and we set it up to encourage TAs to look at what they want to improve. I incorporate their training wishes into our INSET when I can. We also deliberately made it as non-judgemental as possible. We don't have a means of observing TAs in lessons so I ask teachers for their views and this is used to inform discussion.
I line manage the TA Team leader. She line manages the four 'core team' members and they share the rest of the TA Team between them. We use one hour and a half after school INSET session for performanc management meetings and the 'core team' use some of their paid non-contact time. Some TAs also have meetings with heads of department when they mainly work in that department.
I do think there is a great deal of value in working with TAs to reflect on what they do, with a focus on how they move learning on.
I hope this helps.
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From: "SJJohnston2002 at aol.com" <SJJohnston2002 at aol.com>
To: senco-forum at lists.education.gov.uk
Sent: Thursday, 15 March 2012, 21:03
Subject: [Senco-forum] TA Appraisals
Some advice please for a new SENCo! We
have not done any appraisals for our TA's for the last 3 years. I have
been asked by the Principal to make sure that these start happening again.
How do other SENCo's make this a worthwhile use of their time & what is
the latest recommended format? We have 15 TA's. There is
currently no opportunity for our TA's to progress from level 1 to 2, let alone 3
or HLTA due to financial constraints. I am at a loss to know how to
proceed with this!
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