The Outstanding Teacher Assistant Programme

The Outstanding Teaching Assistant Programme is for teaching assistants who are, or who have the potential to be, outstanding in their roles. It is intended to develop the potential for Teaching Assistants to have a wider impact on improving the quality of teaching and learning across the school. Designed and facilitated by experienced school leaders and teachers the OTAP forms part of the OLEVI Teaching & Learning Syllabus which has gained a national reputation for raising standards in teaching and learning.

The programme focuses on a range of aspects of teaching and learning such as challenge, engagement, assessment, differentiation, questioning and planning. There are facilitated practical sessions and lesson observations at the host school, with linked practical tasks back in the participant’s own school to apply what they learn.


OTAP enables teaching assistants to:

  • Place a greater emphasis on the purpose and value of the lessons they support
  • Raise levels of engagement and achievement in learning
  • Use different methods and styles of support to challenge learners
  • Innovate and take risks
  • Have a bigger impact on the planning and assessment for the learners they support
  • Demonstrate a higher level understanding of teaching and learning
  • Be able to coach colleagues to raise performance


Click here for The Outstanding Teacher Assistant Programme brochure.



This programme is for teaching assistants who are, or who, have the potential to be outstanding in their roles

What does it involve?

Each programme comprises of 5 morning sessions over 5 consecutive weeks. The key ingredient is the opportunity to share previous experience, existing expertise and new learning with colleagues in a safe, supportive and challenging environment.

Participants will feel inspired and motivated to take their learning back into their schools, to make an immediate impact in their own practice, with the pupils they support, their SEN colleagues and the wider teaching staff. Delegates must attend all sessions to be accredited

Course Fees per delegate- £400

Session 1- Wednesday 10th January

Session 2- Thursday 16th January

Session 3- Wednesday 24th January

Session 4- Thursday 1st February

Session 5- Wednesday 7th February