Clarity around the role of a teaching assistant (TA) in Australia can be a challenge. The term ‘teaching assistant’ refers to an adult who works in the classroom to support teachers. They are also commonly known as school learning support officers, teachers’ aides, assistant teachers, classroom support officers or integration aides.
Across jurisdictions the terminology, role descriptions, qualifications and legislative requirements are varied. In a previous article on the effective use of TAs, Dr Tanya Vaughan explored the employment statistics and education level of TAs in Australia and the impact of TAs on students’ learning. While we acknowledge the complexity of the field, this article looks to highlight a few concrete recommendations that schools can adopt and adapt in their own settings.