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Teaching Assistants' Role in Promoting Pupil Learning Through Questioning

This one day course covers the purpose of questioning, types of question, common pitfalls, putting the theory into practice, classroom tactics for effective questioning, how to engage children to ask their own questions, Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development, Bloom’s Taxonomy and Smith’s Accelerated Learning Cycle.

One day course for

Classroom-based support staff with some experience of supporting learning.

Presented by

Patricia Langley - School Workforce Adviser

Course Outline

Research has identified TAs' practice in questioning as an area which can have a negative impact on pupil progress. This course aims to give TAs the confidence and skills to devise different forms of creative questions according to the pupils they are supporting and type of work they are doing.

By understanding the theory, at an appropriate level for the role, TAs can be more effective in supporting pupils and feeding back to teachers. The course includes taught input, practical activities and time for reflection in delegate's own practice.

Participants should bring an item of their choice from their classroom with them for a questioning activity.

Participants said 'This was an excellent course, well delivered. I have learned several techniques for supporting pupils through questioning which will prove useful. The resources provided as well as the workshops were very helpful. I particularly enjoyed the group discussions.

Other Booking Information

This course can be delivered on your school premises. Please contact Support Staff Admin on 01962 874810 for information.


standard rate

Provided by: Hampshire Teaching and Leadership College

Course code: SSTP0004

Standard rate: £168

Subscribers: £140