Who else helps us learn at Pitsford School?
We use many different staff to support learning at Pitsford Primary School and the Governors and I are committed to applying the maximum funding possible into putting people in to school to work directly with children. However, some of the terms and different levels of Learning Support staff can be confusing!
Either full time or part time teachers staff all of our classes. We do not use unqualified teacher and always seek to appoint the best people possible when vacancies arise, taking into account the needs of the school and the unique nature of Pitsford Primary. Teachers are responsible for planning, assessing and delivering learning. Almost all of them also take on additional responsibilities across the school coordinating subjects and leading school events. Teachers are busy people!
Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTA)
A Higher Level Teaching Assistant – or HLTA as we know them – is a teaching assistant who has achieved a high status within their role.
This can come either by extensive experience or through achieving qualifications that will provide the required level of expertise. Whilst it is possible to train as an HLTA however, there is no formal qualification for the role. HLTAs often take classes when teachers are released and work closely alongside teachers. They may also plan and assess some work and take groups of children for specific focussed activities.
Teaching Assistants (TA)
Teaching Assistants are a vital part of the lifeblood of our school. They work mainly in classes with groups of children and support the teacher with the day-to-day work of the class. Every class receives at least 12 hours per week TA support.
We are proud that so many people are willing to give up their free time to support the work of the school. All of our volunteers who help around school have undertaken the same Disclosure and Baring checks that employed staff have been subject to. Usually our volunteers will work with classes supporting reading development or helping with group work under the direction of teachers in the classes. In addition to this, some volunteers run after school clubs, helping to broaden the children’s understanding of the world and developing their personal interests. Sometimes volunteers come in to support projects where they have specific expertise. All of our volunteers sign up to our Code of Practice for volunteers and are DBS checked.
Governors are volunteers to help to ensure the school is being run well and to challenge the work of the Headteacher. They are often seen as the ‘Guardians of the Vision’ and although they don’t often work directly alongside children they are regularly involved in learning walks and support teachers in a number of different ways.
Peripatetic teachers and coaches
We employ a number of expert staff to take lessons that are beyond the normal scope of class teachers. Usually these are related to music, including keyboard, guitars and violin. We also employ coaches for specific sports who work with children before and during the school day and support the development of sports as part of our curriculum.