We’ve just released a new episode of our must-see podcast series, Of Primary Importance, hosted by Kat Cauchi featuring Cat Allott! Check out all the details below and be sure to watch the entire episode. 

Inside this Of Primary Importance episode… 

In this episode, Kat Cauchi is joined by Cat Allott to talk about empowering teaching assistants (TAs) and helping them feel a valued member of their school community.

About Cat Allott… 

Cat is a Segment Assistant at Twinkl Teaching Assistants. Her role involves creating TA-specific resources, publishing blogs and running our @TwinklTA Twitter account and TA Facebook groups she has a keen interest in all things pastoral and enjoys networking with other education professionals to raise the profile of TAs, Learning Support Assistants (LSAs) and Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTAs). Cat if a former KS2 Teacher and TA, who qualified in Speech & Language Therapy before becoming a Teaching Assistant to gain some experience in schools before her PGCE. She was a KS2 Class Teacher for 5 years before transitioning away from the classroom to Twinkl Teaching Assistants.

Here are some of the questions discussed:  

  • Could you please introduce yourself to our listeners?
  • What prompted you to leave the classroom?
  • How have you found the transition from teaching to working at Twinkl?
  • What attracted you to being part of the Teaching Assistant Segment there in particular?
  • What are some of the key challenges TAs are currently facing and how can we overcome these?
  • Do teaching assistants feel valued enough?
  • What are some things schools can do to help TAs feel more valued?
  • What CPF opportunities would you want TAs to have access to?
  • How can class teachers develop good working relationships with their TA?
  • What advice would you give to someone considering becoming a TA?
  • What are some ways that Twinkl TA Digest can support TAs?

Watch the episode now! 

Check out the full episode below to hear Cat’s responses. Plus, you can also listen back via NetSupport Radio here.

Want to connect with them? 

Check out the Twinkl TA website and YouTube channel. You can follow Kat Cauchi on Twitter at @ReallyschoolK. Plus, check out #OPIP and #OfPrimaryImportance for more content and see all our previous episodes here.

Check out more episodes 

To catch up on previous episodes, click here. Plus, stay connected on social media using #OPIP and #OfPrimaryImportance for more content. If you are interested on coming on the show or have a topic suggestion, send Kat a DM on Twitter or email [email protected]!