Blog Archive of: DISS project

The Magnificent Seven: The compelling evidence on TA impact and where we go next

30 October 2016

The evidence on deploying TAs to deliver out-of-class interventions is unarguable. Our new MITA project aims to show that up-skilling TAs and carefully rethinking their use within classrooms can unleash their full potential.

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​What I’ve learned from the teaching profession (or why you can’t ever have enough of experts!)

28 September 2016

Our work with the Education Endowment Foundation has shown how the teaching profession and researchers can unite around the evidence to co-construct solutions for making better use of teaching assistants. In this blog, Rob Webster reflects on what he has learnt from working closely with those at the chalk-face.

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When it comes to SEND support, it's quality that matters. Does banding offer a fresh approach?

15 August 2016

The quantification of support for pupils with EHCPs, often expressed in terms of TA hours, is central to holding schools and local authorities to account. Yet research suggests the quantity of SEND support is prioritised over the quality. One local authority's novel approach to hours, which offers schools greater flexibility over provision, has been labelled "unhelpful" and "unlawful" by a leading SEND solicitor. But is there a wider, less talked about, disconnect in the way legal and teaching professionals conceptualise SEND support?

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Making headlines: The problem of wide coverage and narrow reporting

28 February 2016

What happens when provocative findings from educational research get wide coverage, but are narrowly reported? What are the risks to policymakers, practitioners and researchers? Rob Webster shares his experience of helping schools make sense of the headlines about teaching assistants.

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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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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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