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TAs all over the world!


Here at the University of Northampton we have a course for Teaching Assistants working in International Contexts (CITAC). It has been taught in Rome and is currently being taught in Romania.

Romainian TAs practical maths

Wendy Yarnall has just returned from teaching the Mathematics in the Curriculum module.

Here are the TAs in Romania exploring some practical mathematics in their session.

In April Julie Jones will be going to teach the English module.



Romainian TAs working 7 Estelle Tarry leads the CITAC course and she has been around the world working with TAs and their schools. It is interesting to note that Estelle says “The TAs in international schools use similar strategies supporting children’s learning in maths and English in the curriculum but with more of an emphasis on international mindedness which maybe schools in the UK should take stock of.”



Estelle and her colleagues have just written a book to support TAs who work in an international context. Perhaps some of our FDLT students have been TAs in schools abroad. It would be interesting to know what your thoughts are – what are the similarities or differences between your roles in schools abroad and the schools you work in now?

Tarry, E and Cox, A. (2013) Teaching Assistants in International Schools much more than cutting, sticking and washing up paint pots. Woodbridge: John Catts.

Author: Jean

Senior Lecturer, Education at the University of Northampton. Admissions Tutor for the Foundation Degree Learning and Teaching.

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