Teaching assistants represent a significant proportion of the school workforce. Evidence tells us that deployed well, TAs can make a big difference to the outcomes of children and young people.

This Review - developed as part of a suite of SEND Reviews and resources – aims to support the effective deployment and management of teaching assistants. It can be used as a valuable tool for both school self-assessment and improvement, and to support a process of school-to-school review and support.

While created as part of the SEND Review Programme, run by Whole School SEND, it is important to note that this Review - like others - has a value beyond SEND learners. Effective TA preparation and deployment in classrooms can benefit all learners.

The Review can be adapted to local context, and a white label version is available for those wishing to adjust it for specific settings.

The Review has an accompanying guide to useful online resources to support schools’ decision-making and the development of points for action. Over 2017/18, Whole School SEND will be running TA Reviewer Training for those wishing to explore our resources in more depth.

We are very grateful to those who have contributed to this Review, which recognises and builds on the research and development of others.

We are delighted to be part of the Whole School SEND community of practice, and excited by the potential it has to transform outcomes for children and young people.

Anita Kerwin-Nye
Chair of Whole School SEND

Rob Webster
Director of MITA (Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants)
Centre for Inclusive Education, UCL Institute of Education