Teaching Assistant Course 2024-2025

Here you can find an outline of the 10 modules in the course

This course is for anyone wanting to work in an educational environment.

Typically, teaching assistants are employed to work with children from Kindergarten to 11 years old.

No specific prerequisites are required. The course is delivered in English.

The course will take place on one Saturday per month. Sessions will run from 09.30 until 13.30. The first session is on Saturday 21st September 2024. All dates and rates are here.

Highly qualified staff from Foundations for Learning and outside speakers who are acknowledged experts in their field deliver the course.

Depending on the public health situation, Swiss recommendations and the health of presenters on the day of presentation (e.g. if they had a positive Covid test), it may be the case that some modules will be presented online.

On-line registration here

Two-course textbooks, videos, and case studies are used throughout.


Each module starts by:

  • Deepening the participants’ understanding of the subject being introduced
  • Relating theory to practice
  • Understanding and developing strategies that can be used in the classroom to support children

10 Modules

Understanding the roles and responsibilities of a Teaching Assistant


To Understand the roles and responsibilities of Teaching Assistants in International Schools

Overview of course materials

Introduction to a framework for learning that can support best

How to work with children with behavioural difficulties


What is behaviour

How can we interpret behaviour?

How can we address problem behaviours?

Introduction to Functional Analysis as a way of understanding and supporting children with behavioural difficulties

How to support students with reading and spelling difficulties


To gain an overview and understanding of reading development

To develop an understanding of the specific skills involved in reading.

To develop an understanding of where breakdowns in reading can occur and strategies to put in place to support the struggling reader

Working with children with Autism


To understand what is meant by Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Identifying areas of challenge for children with ASD

How ABA Therapy can support children with ASD

To understand what behaviours might be seen in the classroom when children have ASD

To learn how to support children in the classroom with ASD

Child Observations – why they are so important and how to write them


Understanding the importance of observation in supporting children

Traps to avoid when observing children

Different styles of observation

A first step into observation by making video-based observations

Working with the Social and Emotional Child


Introducing the idea of a growth mindset

How to support children with developing a growth mindset

Questions that elicit strengths in children

Ways to help children solve conflicts

Positive Behaviour Management in the Classroom


To understand what is meant by sensory processing

Learn about positive behaviour support in schools

The role of a TA

What class / individual strategies can be used?

Look at examples of strategies and behaviour plans through case studies.

Language Development and how to support students with language difficulties


To have an overview of typical language development.

To understand what communication skills are and why they are important.

Identifying common speech, language and communication needs and their impact.

Signs of difficulty.

Classroom strategies and case studies.

Supporting students with attention difficulties


To understand the different systems of attention as outlined by All Kinds of Minds

To understand what a diagnosis of ADHD means

To understand what behaviours might be seen in the classroom when children have attention difficulties

To learn how to support children in the classroom with attention difficulties

Ways of supporting children in mathematics


To look at current educational research into teaching mathematics, for example, on the topics of maths myths and gender differences.

Developing an understanding of what works best in schools

Thinking about specific learning difficulties and their impact on the teaching and learning of maths. 

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