Effective use of TAs
: In the majority of schools the most expensive resource used for supporting students with SEND is teaching assistants. Research in my own school and nationally show that teaching assistants are often used informally to support SEND students to allow the teacher to focus on the rest of the class. Very often, it is the SEND student who needs the specialist input of the class teacher. The Education Endowment Foundation summarised their research into effective use of teaching assistants in their publication ‘Making Best Use of Teaching Assistants’. These findings give seven recommendations for school to implement to make the most efficient use of teaching assistants and shares the disadvantages of common uses of teaching assistants.