An Australian politician has claimed “we need to get rid of” pupils with SEND from mainstream classrooms, because “the teacher spends so much time on them, they forget” about others pupils. But data from our new research suggests otherwise...
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 project. I also deliver the MITA school improvement course for school leaders and Maximising the Practice of TAs training for school staff.
I was the SENCo of a large primary school in south-west London for six years. As part of this role, I managed and deployed a team of over 20 TAs, and so I have an excellent understanding of the legitimate barriers to effective TA deployment and practice. As a class teacher, I have taught across all primary year groups.
I have worked with LAs to deliver SEN training and have advised on a number of SEN projects. I hold a Masters degree in Pedagogy: Professional Values and Practice, and have a Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Dyslexia teaching.