The Teaching Assistant Deployment Review Guide

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 here.

For more information, or to find out how London Leadership Strategy can support your school contact info@londonleadershipstrategy.com.

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The MITA Project

Maximising TAs are a coalition of advisors, trainers and researchers based at the Centre for Inclusive Education, UCL Institute of Education. They help schools ensure that TAs thrive in their role in supporting improved outcomes for pupils.

Whole School SEND

Whole School SEND is a consortium of over 2000 schools, parents, academics and charities committed to improving outcomes for learners with SEND. It is hosted by LLS and draws together work previously funded by the Department for Education and other investors.

London Leadership Strategy

London Leadership Strategy is a not for profit organisation that exists to improve educational outcomes for all learners nationwide. It does this through a focus on leadership and school to school support, supporting schools and teachers in every stage of their development journey.