MPTA: What teachers need to know


Our school-based training for teachers can be delivered as a half-day inset or as short twilight sessions.

To realise the full benefit of this training, we recommend schools run the MPTA course for TAs alongside this course. (See also the note about optimising MPTA training below).

Key features

  • Latest research on the deployment and impact of TAs
  • Guidance on the complementary roles of teachers and TAs
  • Scaffolding as a framework for helping TAs to develop pupil independence
  • Reflect on your practice and develop specific scaffolding strategies
  • Using TAs to ensure quality assessment for learning
  • Planning changes to your practice.

How can this course help teachers?

Research indicates that quality feedback on learning and the development of metacognition skills can boost pupil attainment. Teaching assistants are well placed to assist teachers in obtaining evidence on pupils’ performance and to help pupils develop and practise independent thinking skills. But teachers need guidance in how to release this potential within the TAs that work in their classroom. 

Based on extensive and ground-breaking research, this course helps teachers to understand and improve their deployment of TAs, and to ensure TAs make a valuable contribution to learning and helping pupils towards independence. 

This course specifically for teachers is designed by the authors of the acclaimed book, The Teaching Assistant’s Guide to Effective Interaction: How to Maximise your PracticeSchools can purchase copies of the book at a discounted price as part of this training.

Who is this course for?

The course is suitable for teachers in all settings and at all stages. 

How is this course delivered?

Schools differ, so there is no 'one size fits all' approach to the MPTA training for teachers. However, as rule, we recommend the training is covered in one half-day session or two twilight sessions. The course can be run an individual school or for a group of schools (this is cost-effective for schools with smaller workforces). Our trainers can tailor delivery depending on need.

How do I book MPTA training?

Search our list of licensed MPTA trainers. Please contact trainers directly to arrange your training.


An important note on optimising MPTA training in your school

Over and over, we find the schools that derive maximum value from the MPTA training are those where the leadership team has made wider changes to TAs’ deployment and preparation. Before requesting our staff training, we recommend school leaders assess their readiness for it by working through the short MPTA checklist, which can be downloaded here