Any teachers who could advise on managing TAs?

(78 Posts)
blackcoffee Tue 20-Nov-12 23:11:32

And before you refer to tes, I've looked!
I'm NQT, mid 40s doing maternity cover in EYFS. One of my TAs has been at the school for ever and has set ideas about how to run the room. In fact I think she has run it, to all intents and purposes, in the past. It's not too bad when I am in class but when I am not (ppa/NQT) the outdoors will be shut and children will be given very controlled activities which are not on the planning. I have addressed a couple of points with her but she doesn't seem to get the concept of child initiated. The HT seems to like the way this works and the other person in the school who has similar view on EYFS has worked with TA and found it impossible, so no real solutions. I am a big fan of early phonics, which TA teaches, and while I don't mind lessons going off plan I want to stress phoneme not grapheme at this point .. which I have explained, but she'll ask me for a box of letters - so I remind her, and she'll agree, oh no, we're not doing letters, just the sounds... I have explained this but it's not sinking in. I feel really unsure of how to handle it all. When I am teaching TA either sits on a chair with a blank expression on her face, interrupts or is off in another room chatting to colleagues. I've tried explaining about being on carpet with children, have modelled the support I give but it might happen once and then back to normal ...I know she means well but I don't know how to get her into a more EYFS way of thinking - and I'm only in there for a mat cover - I can't wait to finish tbh. I'm trying to listen as well as demand, I was a TA before and know how difficult it can be getting used to a new teacher. I am probably going to bed in a moment but it's churning around in my mind so any suggestions would be great. I've already tackled a couple of practical issues. I think the main thing is that she has to accept my authority, and I doubt that is going to happen any time soon. We are due the big o too.

ProphetOfDoom Tue 11-Dec-12 20:10:56

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

blackcoffee Tue 11-Dec-12 22:13:11

thanks so much. Really appreciate the support. I hope I can give you a happy update in 2013!

blackcoffee Thu 10-Jan-13 19:11:28

we had the meeting
HT showed me her agenda beforehand which included the fact teacher was line manager
meeting - TAs raised all their gripes - want more time to resource, have too much to do - want more time leading teaching but not to plan for this, one wants to read with children (I pulled her from this because it wasn't going well). There is obviously a lot of resentment about how I run the class.
They have got all they asked for. I got extra planning. No mention of the line management issue. I really like the HT and I trust her motives but I feel so, so demoralised.

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