A new UK Government took office on 11 May 2010. As a result the content on this site may not reflect current Government policy.
All statutory guidance and legislation published on this site continues to reflect the current legal position unless indicated otherwise.
To view the new website, please visit http://www.education.gov.uk

Supporting ground rules

Support from the teaching assistant will be of great advantage in establishing ground rules as part of classroom practice.


  1. Look at the video examples clips where the teachers review the ground rules for effective speaking and listening, and jot down how that may have helped pupils in the rest of the lesson. Then view the longer version of the lessons to test your views.
  2. With a colleague, discuss ways in which you could support a teacher in establishing the ground rules for certain speaking and listening activities (e.g. a debate or interviewing a guest to the school).