Blog Archive of: UCL Institute of Education

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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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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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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