Teaching assistants & effectiveness, expert reaction to ATL survey

Expert reaction to the findings of the ATL survey on support staff increasingly having to teach lessons.

Comment from Rob Webster, Director, Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants project, Co-Director, SEN in Secondary Education study, UCL-Institute of Education:

“The survey results suggest TAs, cover supervisors and other support staff are being deployed to backfill teaching staff shortages on top of covering their existing demands, all at the same time as overall staffing numbers are in decline. Little wonder this has a knock-on effect in terms of their workload.

The research evidence suggests that using TAs to deliver lessons is not part of an effective whole school strategy to raise standards. TAs are at their most effective when they are deployed to supplement, not replace, teachers.”

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