The total number of TAs working in English schools is down for the first time ever – but encouraging signs from the MITA project show how a strategic focus on TAs can unlock their potential.
Meet the team
MITA Co-ordinator, UCL Institute of Education
I am a co-ordinator for the EEF-funded Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants (MITA) project. I also deliver the MITA school improvement course for school leaders and Maximising the Practice of TAs training for school staff. I also contribute on the Master's in Special and Inclusive Education (MASIE) programme at the Institute of Education.
I have 12 years’ experience as an English teacher and senior leader in a large secondary school in London, where I gained first-hand experience of the effective deployment and impact of teaching assistants. In my role as Assistant Principal, I had responsibility for leadership development and I designed and implemented a range of professional learning programmes at both the leadership and classroom level.
I have an MSc in the Psychology of Education and I have conducted research in schools. I have also published case studies, advised on a range of school improvement issues, and facilitated on the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leaders (NPQSL) at UCL Institute of Education.