Professional Development for Quality Teaching


Behaviour Breakdown - Teachers Versus TA

Published: Jul 2020
4 mins


What should teachers and TAs do if their working relationship breaks down over the management of classroom behaviour? Use this CPD video to discuss what each should do, in this dramatisation of a real life situation.

The dramatisation tells the real story of how a TA is verbally abused by a Year 6 pupil after challenging his disruptive behaviour. The class teacher refuses to accept the TA's account of the event and prevents her reporting the incident.

Should the teacher be more supportive of his TA? Should the TA take up the matter with the head of year? Is it the teacher's role, not the TA's, to enforce good behaviour in the classroom?

The video is designed to be used as a springboard for discussion between staff on how this issue should best be dealt with.

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