MPTA training for TAs: Improving pupil independence

Research indicates that quality feedback on learning and the development of metacognition skills can boost pupil attainment. Our Improving pupil independence course provides TAs with the skills to scaffold learning and help pupils become confident, independent learners. 

Based on our acclaimed book, The TA's Guide to Effective Interaction, this course introduces TAs to our scaffolding framework, and provides practical strategies and reflective activities. The course is suitable for teaching assistants, learning support assistants and other classroom support staff who support learning in all settings and at all stages.

Our training packages

We offer two training packages - core and extended - delivered over two or three sessions. Duration of each session is three hours. We recommend a maximum of 30 TAs per session.

Our training delivery models*

MPTA training is delivered via the five models shown in the table below. These models have been developed over several years, and meet the needs of 99% of cases. The examples can help you decide which model is right for you. 

Additional MPTA training for teachers 

With each option, you can elect to receive our 1½ hour training for teachers, MPTA: What teachers need to know**. This twilight-length session provides teachers with essential information on how to plan for and deploy TAs in the classroom, and ensure they can make full use of TAs’ new MPTA skills.

Other models of delivering MPTA, and training larger groups, might be possible, but is likely to incur additional costs. Please email us to discuss your needs. 


Option A                         £1,295

Options B, C, D or E     £1,895

Training costs include packs of resources for a maximum of 30 TAs. Additional packs can be purchased. Trainers’ expenses (travel, etc) are not included. 

Booking your MPTA training

Before booking your MPTA training, please check your school's readiness by working through our short checklist

To book or to discuss your requirements, please email


* The delivery options and costs listed on this page apply to MPTA training delivered by the MITA team, based at UCL Institute of Education. The same training is available via our network of licensed MPTA trainers. MPTA Licensees operate independently of UCL IOE. We are unable to handle enquiries and bookings on their behalf. The profiles and contact details of MPTA licensees can be found on our Find a MPTA Trainer page. 

** MPTA: What teachers need to know training may not be possible for options where the TA training is being delivered for TAs across a number of schools – unless it can be arranged for all teachers to attend the session on the same site. Input for teachers must be scheduled for the same day(s) as the sessions for TAs. There is no maximum limit to the number of teachers that can attend.