The Teaching Assistant Deployment Review Guide

Written by MITA and London Leadership StrategyDate 05 Sep 2017

The Teaching Assistant Deployment Review Guide is now available for free download. Part funded by the Department for Education and produced by MITA and London Leadership Strategy in partnership with UK school leaders, the guide sets out a framework for evaluating and improving the deployment of this valuable resource.

English schools spend nearly £5 billion a year on teaching assistants. They are the number one pupil premium spend, and are highly valued by teachers and parents as a vital part of the support network for children with SEND.

However, TAs do not guarantee improved outcomes for students. That’s why Whole School SEND partners MITA (part of the Centre for Inclusive Education at UCL’s Institute of Education) and London Leadership Strategy have developed a free resource for schools, to spread the impact further.

The Teaching Assistant Deployment Review Guide is a framework to evaluate and improve the deployment of TAs within a school. It is based on the SEND Review Guide framework, which has now been downloaded over 3000 times and adopted by schools, clusters and Local Authorities nationwide. It can be used by all schools to evaluate and improve the deployment of their TAs, and is most powerful when used as part of a programme of school to school support.

The aim of the Review Guide is to ensure that TAs are able to have the most positive impact possible in their schools, and help bring about better outcomes for the learners they support. We hope that it will help to embed a culture of inclusion, collaboration and support within education.

The Teaching Assistant Deployment Review Guide is free to download from the link below.