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The Role of Special Support Assistants

We have 11 Special Support Assistants (SSA) working with our SEND and Pupil Premium pupils. One is qualified as Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTA). SSAs have high expectations of all pupils, and use their subject knowledge to enable all pupils to achieve the learning objective in lessons. Teaching staff plan lessons to make effective use of the SSAs, therefore their impact is significant in contributing to their learning and achievement in our classrooms.


All our SSAs attend training to continue their professional development some areas that they have covered are:

  • Speech and Language
  • Precision Teaching
  • Communication in Print
  • Child Protection
  • Variety of reading interventions


Each year group has a designated SSA with them for Literacy and numeracy in the morning. SSAs then use the afternoon to withdraw SEND pupils to carry out specific interventions either as part of a group or individually. Some examples are:

  • Nurture Group
  • Toe by Toe
  • Better Reading Partners (BRP)
  • Physiotherapy
  • Speech and Language target work
  • Maths Springboard