Outstanding Teaching Assistant Programme (OTAP)

The Outstanding Teaching Assistant Programme is for teaching assistants who are, or who have the potential to be, outstanding in their roles. It is intended to develop the potential for Teaching Assistants to have a wider impact on improving the quality of teaching and learning across the school. Designed and facilitated by experienced school leaders and teachers the OTAP forms part of the OLEVI Teaching & Learning Syllabus which has gained a national reputation for raising standards in teaching and learning.


OTAP enables teaching assistants to:

  • place a greater emphasis on the purpose and value of the lessons they support s raise levels of engagement and achievement in learning
  • use different methods and styles of support to challenge learners
  • innovate and take risks s have a bigger impact on the planning and assessment for the learners they support
  • demonstrate a higher level understanding of teaching and learning
  • be able to coach their peers to raise performance


The OTAP has raised the profile of the teaching/learning assistant to a position in schools where they are being taken seriously as a profession and valued. It is having a very positive effect on our children’s learning and creating excellent working relationships with other staff members across the school. Leah Crawley, Headteacher, Burnt Ash Primary School.


To give the teaching profession the tools and strategies; challenge and inspiration to engage in excellence – raising the quality of teaching practice to ensure every student in every school enjoys outstanding teaching and learning outcomes.

The programme focuses on a range of aspects of teaching and learning such as: challenge, engagement, assessment, differentiation, questioning and planning. There are facilitated practical sessions and lesson observations at the host school, with linked practical tasks back in your own school to apply what you learn.

The OTAP content includes:

  • understanding what an outstanding teaching assistant looks like?
  • key definitions and audits of strengths & weaknesses and coaching for deep learning
  • new learning on differentiation
  • creating and leading an in-school project
  • developing a success criteria, what is effective questioning?
  • action planning and evaluation


This programme is for teaching assistants who are, or who have the potential to be outstanding in their roles.





Each programme comprises of five sessions over five weeks. The key ingredient is the opportunity to share previous experience, existing expertise and new learning with colleagues in a safe, supportive and challenging environment. Participants will feel inspired and motivated to take their learning back into their schools, to make an immediate impact in their own practice, with the pupils they support, their SEN colleagues and the wider teaching staff. Delegates must attend all sessions to be accredited.


Lyons Hall Primary School, Braintree (CM7 9FH)


Gabrielle Deed and Mark Darling

Dates and times of Programme

Sessions start at 9.00am and finish at 1.00pm

Day 1: Thursday 22nd February  

Day 2: Thursday 1st March

Day 3: Thursday 8th March

Day 4: Wednesday 14th March

Day 5: Thursday 22nd March

Programme Cost:

£435 per person for five day programme (lunch and refreshments included)

For further information please contact:
Ann Wilks: Director Professional Learning Network
E: directorPLN@gmail.com
T: 07917 734531 

To make a booking:

Please complete the booking form and return it to: prolearnnet@gmail.com


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