Good news for international schools TAs
New professional body for Teaching Assistants in international schools
NAPTA has launched the Association of International School Teaching Assistants (AISTA) to expand their mission and support TAs who work in international schools around the world. Coinciding with the launch, AISTA is releasing a high impact, low-cost Development Programme designed to help international schools realise the potential of their TAs.
Founded in the UK in 2003, the National Association of Professional Teaching Assistants (NAPTA) helps TAs to develop as professionals. NAPTA already works with over 50,00 UK schools and 150,000 TAs providing them with the tools and resources they need. In November 2020 NAPTA became a global awarding body.
The AISTA Development Programme includes a CPD library of tailor-made courses for on-demand, convenient training offline or online via mobile, tablet or pc. The short courses are written by specialists who bring a wealth of experience in their areas of expertise as teachers, trainers, researchers and practitioners.
By taking the courses TAs will develop their skills in a wide range of areas including Active Questioning, Being Resilient, Building Growth Mindsets, Improving Writing, Independent Learning, Managing Behaviour, Online Safety, Positive Behaviour, Primary Geography, History, Maths, PE and Science, Reading and Phonics, Stress and Wellbeing and Supporting Literacy. All courses are in keeping with the UK’s National Standards for Supporting Teaching and Learning.
Once a school enrols for the AITA Development Programme, membership status and the AISTA logo can be displayed by the school as a demonstration of its commitment to training its TAs. When TAs are training, their school leaders can monitor and direct the modules studied and as TAs complete the short courses, they receive relevant AISTA certification.
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