Here are some suggestions for pre-course reading:
Bates, B. (2016). Learning theories simplified : … and how to apply them to teaching. London: Sage.
Have a look in particular at the sections on Vygotsky, Bruner, Dewey, Piaget and Skinner. This book is easy to read and each section is relatively short. You will find it useful in a number of the modules that you study.
Also familiarise yourselves with the findings and recommendations of these two research projects:
Blatchford, P., Bassett, P., Brown, P., Martin, C., Russell, and Webster, R. (2009) Deployment and Impact of Support Staff Project, Research Brief. [online] Available from: http://maximisingtas.co.uk/assets/content/dissressum.pdf [Accessed: 06/08/2019]
Sharples, J., Webster, and Blatchford, P. (2015) Making Best Use of Teaching Assistants Guidance Report. [online] Available from: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/sites/ioe/files/TA_Guidance_Report_MakingBestUseOfTeachingAssisstants.pdf [Accessed: 06/08/2019]
You can click on the links in the references above to access these reports. We will be discussing these in one of the first modules that you will study.