A blog for students on the FDLT and BALT courses at the University of Northampton

at Leicester and UN

September 21, 2016
by Jean

Teachers’ Media

tmYou might remember Teachers TV – many of the videos and resources and more are now available through the website teachers’ Media. You can access it here: Teachers’ Media

You will need to create a username and password to access all the materials.

There are a number of videos of interest to Teaching Assistants which you can find by searching for ‘teaching assistant’ in the search box in the top right.

We will sometimes suggest that you watch a Teachers’ Media video as background to a taught session so it is useful for you to be able to access it from now on.



September 15, 2016
by Jean

How important are teaching assistants?

Yesterday (September 14th) on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme there was an item about the importance of teaching assistants.

You can hear it at this link:

Clip from Today 14 Sept at 2:48:30.

I have also made a clip of this on Box of Broadcasts called ‘The importance of teaching assistants’ so you can access it through Bob via the library website.

There are number of interesting points made by Sir Kevan Collins, the Chief Executive of the Education Endowment Foundation and Ross McMullen, a former headteacher.



September 5, 2016
by Jean

Setting up folders your computer

foldersIf you are joining FDLT year 1 in September you might be thinking about getting organised. Most of you will be studying the five modules shown to the right. You will be introduced to our virtual learning environment, NILE, where the resources for sessions are uploaded for you to access.

It is useful to set these folders up in ‘my documents’ on your computer so that you can download resources into them.


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