Primary Teaching Assistants: Learners and Learning draws together ideas that are of central importance to teaching assistants and other support staff working in primary schools. It presents a rich variety of material written by teachers, teaching assistants, researchers and parents, that has been carefully chosen to offer a broad-based understanding of learning and the contexts in which learners can engage meaningfully with learning. This second edition has been thoroughly updated and includes new chapters on effective communication, anti-cyber bullying, bullying amongst girls, higher level teaching assistants, restorative justice, and informal learning. Bringing together different perspectives it examines: * the changing role of teaching assistants * the nature of learning and assessment * approaches to learning support and inclusive practice * the relationships that are central to learning and children's social development. Written for learning support staff and also their teaching colleagues, the book aims to enrich the contribution that adults can make to children's learning in schools.