Harrow Times / Harrow Website News:
Published Wednesday, 11th October 2017
A Harrow primary school has been hailed as having the “best teaching assistants in the country”.
It has become the first school to receive the national Optimus Education BPTA Award for excellence in teaching assistants.
At an assembly at Edgware-based Camrose Primary School, attended by dignitaries including local councillor Nitin Parekh, pupils aged from 6 to 11 paid tribute to the help and inspiration they get from their hard working TAs.
Teaching assistants were praised as a “shining example to the whole country” for their dedication and the quality of their work, as they received their award from the director of Optimus Education.
Camrose Head Teacher Sharon Crick said: “I am so proud of our wonderful teaching assistants, who absolutely deserve this accolade for the exceptional support they provide to the learning, achievement and pastoral care of pupils.
“This award reflects the commitment we, as a school have, in ensuring all members of the Camrose team are skilled and effective in their roles.
“We are particularly proud to be the first school in the country to receive this award and the children were delighted too!”
Optimus Education, which delivers and accredits the award, has been providing professional development support and school improvement services for 20 years to schools, academies and other educational institutions.
Its Best Practice with Teaching Assistants Award recognises and celebrates the valuable and increasingly complex role of teaching assistants in pupil achievement.
Optimus Director of Education Andrew Thraves said: “During my visit, I was very struck with the thoughtful approach the school was taking to helping TAs be as effective as possible.
“Particular skills have been identified by the school and used to provide specialist support, and there are classroom observations so TAs can demonstrate their good practice and have it fine-tuned to make it even better.
“It was very clear to me that Camrose Primary took a real team approach to working with its TAs, to the benefit of all of its pupils. Congratulations once again.”