Teaching Assistants (or Learning Support Assistants) (TAs) play an important role in schools in supporting pupils with Special Educational Needs. Pupils SEND Statements can often require the deployment of a TA to work with an individual pupil. But how effective is the deployment of TAs and do they improve a pupils learning outcomes? In research from the Institute of Education it was found that contrary to expected outcomes TAs infact had a negative impact on pupils learning.
Published recently in "Maximising the impact of teaching Assistants" Russell, Webster and Blatchford 2013 it was found that "To summarise, pupils receiving the most TA support made less progress than similar pupils who received little or no TA support - even after controlling for factors likely to be related to academic progress and the allocation of TA support (eg prior to attainment and SEN status)" ( Russell, Webster and Blatchford 2013 - Maximising the impact of Teaching Assistants)
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