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  • Mandatory training for school staff Be clear on the areas your staff need training in, and how often to update it. Use our template to keep track of any training they complete and when they need to renew it.
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    • Higher level teaching assistants (HLTAs): qualification requirements What qualifications does someone need to be an HLTA? This article relays advice from the DfE, One Education, the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) and one of our associate education experts on qualification requirements for HLTAs. It also links to the HLTA standards.
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    • Administering medicines: staff responsibilities Find out what the requirements are for staff administering medicines to pupils at school, and what to do if you don't have enough trained staff.
    • Expectations of teaching assistants at different levels What is expected of teaching assistants at levels 1-4? We refer to guidance on the typical duties of TAs at each level. We also look at performance objectives and job descriptions which set out the responsibilities of different levels of TA.
    • Intimate care: responsibility of school staff Schools have to make reasonable adjustments for pupils who are not yet toilet trained, under the Equality Act 2010. Read about who should change nappies in school, how to work with parents and how to make sure your staff are equipped to support these pupils.
    • Lead first aider: responsibilities What are the additional responsibilities of a lead first aider? We set out guidance from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Department for Education (DfE) about responsibilities for first aid.
    • Role of a leading practitioner What is the role of a leading practitioner? This article sets out guidance from the STPCD on the role and pay range of leading practitioners. It features a KeyDoc with descriptors of leading practitioners' outstanding performance, and case studies on the roles that leading practitioners play in two schools.
    • Role of teaching assistants What role should teaching assistants (TAs) take in schools? We look at the regulations around 'specified work', and guidance on what responsibilities TAs may take on. We also refer to research from Ofsted on creating effective TA roles, and a case study from a teaching school.
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