Training Solutions

For Teaching Assistants & SENDCOs

This year I will be offering both online and face-to-face training packages for TAs and SENDCOs, these can be booked by schools or groups of schools.

The Effective Teaching Assistant Training Course comprises 5 components:

  1. A TA’s role in meeting needs – A close look at the TA role, the priorities, knowledge, skills and qualities required.
  1. Core Deficits – Building an understanding of a child’s underlying difficulties and presenting needs.  The impact of poor working memory, speech sound processing and slow speeds of processing on children with SEND.
  1. Recognising effective support – A structure for TAs and SENDCOs to use to reflect on the impact of current practice. Introducing the MR CHUFI agenda which sets out key beneficial features of teaching and learning – Making links, Risk taking, Cognitive engagement, Higher level thinking, Checking Understanding, Feedback and Independence.
  1. Using the DR KEEPIT agenda – 8 considerations to inform more effective in class support. The DR KEEPIT agenda prompts attention to Dialogue, Resources, Key Points, Engagement, Encouragement, Proximity, Identifying barriers and Task Chunking. There is an opportunity to reflect on current practice and take part in activities that help to embed this impactful approach.
  1. Collaboration – Working collaboratively both with children and classroom teachers is essential for success.  TAs workshop tools designed to help them get the most out of the short time they have to plan and talk with colleagues and pupils. 


Standard Package via Zoom or Microsoft Teams

1 x 120 minute or 2 x 60 minute live interactive training on the DR KEEPIT approach

Supporting materials

I free copy of The Effective Teaching Assistant


Premium Package via Zoom or Microsoft Teams

All of the above plus 1 hour 1:1 online mentoring with Abigail. (Usually charged at £125)


Online sessions will be limited to 50 participants and will be password protected, private events – they can be recorded on request.


A 90 minute interactive training session

Supporting materials

I free copy of The Effective Teaching Assistant


Face to Face sessions are limited to 100 participants.

Bespoke Training solutions can be designed to suit your needs, timeframe and budget. For a conversation about your needs please contact us at

We will make every attempt to book a date and time that suits you and your team; day, evening and weekend sessions are available.