The government has increased the number of classroom assistants in schools to help schools raise their standards in literacy and numeracy. Classroom assistants are increasingly relied upon to support the most needy pupils, and they have had significantly less training than their colleagues with qualified teacher status. It is clear that these assistants need some very practical materials. The book provides a large section of photocopiable resources so that classroom assistants can get to work. The book covers all they need to kw about literacy, and explains, in very simple terms, what is expected from them and: how the National Literacy Strategy works; how to support reading, writing and spelling; how to select fiction and n-fiction; and how to help children use computers. It also covers issues such as: how to help children for whom English is t their first language; how to help children with special needs; and how to set targets and monitor progress.
Kate Grant is an Education Writer, Trainer and Consultant. She has trained many Classroom Assistants to support children's reading and writing. Originally a primary school teacher, she has specialised in teaching children with literacy difficulties for 20 years, and in 1994 she created the successful '15 minutes a Day' Reading Programme, used by Classroom Assistants in many schools.