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The power and potential of teaching assistants’ talk

01 September 2015

How can we connect TAs with the kinds of practice that have a measurable impact on achievement? Our new book, The Teaching Assistant’s Guide to Effective Interaction, aims to grow schools' capacity and opportunity for the valuable types of classroom talk that improve pupils' independence and their relationship with learning.

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The freedom to make decisions about teaching assistants is nothing new, but now school leaders have the means to unlock their potential

26 February 2015

Evidence-informed guidance and the DfE's new pro​fessional standards for TAs offer school leaders actionable recommendations to help TAs thrive in their role and improve outcomes for pupils.

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DfE apologises to teachers over workload and stress. Kind of.

07 February 2015

The DfE has finally announced the findings from its Workload Challenge and a ‘new deal’ to tackle the causes of teachers’ stress and excessive working hours. Is it enough to win over the profession, three months out from a general election...?

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The more things change…? Children with SEN and their classroom experiences over time

30 December 2014

A new paper looks at how the educational experiences of children with SEN have changed since the 1980s. The results are a reminder that effective policymaking and classroom practice require objective research evidence to balance our subjective perceptions.

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2014 ends with positive noises for TAs… but what will 2015 bring?

17 December 2014

Back in January, we predicted that 2014 could be the year of the teaching assistant. So as the year ends – and as MITA celebrates its first birthday! – it’s a good time to reflect on what the year has meant for TAs, and what 2015 might bring. Here’s our review of the year.

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The National Agreement on teacher workload: where did it all go wrong?

22 October 2014

The Government has announced the Workload Challenge and is asking teachers to identify the causes of and solutions to excessive workload. But the last national effort to tackle teacher workload in 2003 failed to have any lasting effect. What lessons can be learned?

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From research to practice: the past, present and future of MITA

10 October 2014

The new MITA website will not just promote and publicise our research and consultancy activities, but aims to become a hub for greater collaboration with schools and to help grow the link between research and practice.

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How headteachers are maximising the impact of teaching assistants and getting results

26 September 2014

The Government might have “no plans or any powers” to address issues of TA employment, but the MITA programme is encouraging schools to seize the initiative and get results...

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