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 the 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 course content

Our MPTA programme includes two half-days designed for teaching assistants, to develop and apply new skills in the classroom. The course coverage includes:

  • Latest research and guidance on the complementary roles of teachers and TAs
  • Scaffolding as a framework for developing pupil independence
  • Reflection on practice and developing pupil- and class-specific strategies for scaffolding
  • Planning changes to practice.

Our MPTA programme also includes a 1½ hour training for teachers, MPTA: What teachers need to know. This twilight-length session provides teachers and leaders 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.

How our training is delivered

MPTA can be delivered onsite at the organising school, and structured to follow the school day and timetable. Most requirements can be met using one of the following delivery models:

third session can be organised (on booking or during delivery) to revisit and review training in practice or to link with a Teaching Assistant deployment review.

Training costs include workbooks and lanyards for 20 Teaching Assistants per cohort, and a copy of The TA's Guide to Effective Interaction

We can deliver to schools throughout the UK, with any additional travel costs or expenses can be arranged at time of booking. Schools outside the UK can contact us to arrange a quote.

Booking your MPTA training

To book or to discuss your requirements, please email

Before booking your MPTA training, we recommend assessing your school's readiness using our short checklist