The pastoral pedagogy of teaching assistants

Authored by: Roger Hancock

The Routledge International Companion to Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties

Print publication date:  August  2012
Online publication date:  October  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415584630
eBook ISBN: 9780203117378
Adobe ISBN: 9781136303111


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This chapter argues that teaching assistants (with their various role titles) have, increasingly, since the 1970s, provided essential teaching but also nurturing and pastoral support to children with emotional and behaviour difficulties (EBD) in UK primary schools. However, like other ‘assistants’ in social and health services, their work deserves more recognition. It is suggested in this chapter that, because of the ‘place’ and pedagogical space in which they often find themselves working, teaching assistants are able to provide children with a distinctive form of help and encouragement that complements the class-oriented teaching provided by a qualified teacher.

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