We are using qualified sports coaches plus a teaching assistant to do one games lesson

30th June 2006 at 01:00
Selwyn Ward is the TES's inspection 'agony uncle', answering your questions on the new Ofsted process

We are using qualified sports coaches plus a teaching assistant to do one games lesson per week with each class in our primary school. We have been told that this might be frowned on by Ofsted as they are not qualified teachers and therefore cannot plan and carry out the lessons as well as us.

Is this the case?

Inspectors should only be concerned about how effective the lessons are.

I've seen some very effective lessons delivered by teaching assistants (usually planned in conjunction with qualified teachers). With workforce remodelling, I expect to see many more lessons delivered by TAs, particularly in primary schools, where teachers have not traditionally had non-contact time.

Selwyn Ward draws on many years of experience in both primary and secondary schools, but the views expressed here are his own. You can raise any queries or worries that you have about inspection by logging on to the TES website at www.tes.co.uksectionstaffroom

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