Best Practice with Teaching Assistants Award (BPTAA)


Chisenhale has signed up to an innovative award to further develop and acknowledge the work of our team of Teaching Assistants.


The Best Practice with Teaching Assistants Award (BPTAA) helps schools evaluate and recognise the valuable role of teaching assistants in pupils’ achievement. It aims to assist schools to work more effectively with their teaching assistants to support pupils’ attainment and wellbeing. It’s an exciting initiative that provides a process of self-evaluation, planning and development, sharing good practice and a celebration of success for the work undertaken.


The core purpose of the award is to recognize and celebrate the invaluable, increasingly complex role of teaching assistants in supporting the teaching and learning and pastoral care of students. It also aims to evaluate, monitor and support the leadership, management and work of teaching assistants in order to maximize pupil attainment, achievement and well-being of students.


At the beginning of the process last November, the team spent time working on the school self-evaluation element of the award and the preparation of an Action Plan. Next, the plan will be implemented and a portfolio of evidence built. A final verification visit will lead to achievement of the award and accreditation. It is hoped that the process will be completed during the current school year. 


Joanna Sweeney, Assistant Head and Chisenhale’s BPTAA Co-ordinator, said of the award, ‘We are excited to have this opportunity to celebrate our experienced Teaching Assistant team, and to further improve our work across the whole school.’