Our Books

Here are our major research and practice publications. For papers, articles and reports from our specific projects, visit our Research pages.

Maximising The Impact of Teaching Assistants, 2nd Edition

Maximising the Impact of Teaching AssistantsGuidance for school leaders and teachers

The fully updated second edition of this book draws on the experiences of schools that have put this guidance into action via the MITA programme.

Revised to reflect the latest research evidence and changes within education, including the 2014 SEND Code of Practice, this book will help school leaders and teachers in primary and secondary settings to rethink the role, purpose and contribution of TAs and add real value to what can be achieved in classrooms.

Building on the Effective Deployment of TAs project, this book sets out a field-tested process, structured around a coherent and empirically sound conceptual framework, that:

  • helps school leaders review, reform and reenergise their TA workforce
  • provides practical strategies to implement in the classroom
  • illustrates key points with new case studies
  • provides photocopiable templates and links to online resources to support decision-making and action.

This highly informative, accessible book will help schools to transform the way they use teaching assistants, focusing on the quality of support rather than quantity, and greatly increasing their positive impact on the progress and attainment of pupils. An essential read for heads and teachers. Sir John Dunford, Chair of Whole Education

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The Teaching Assistant's Guide to Effective Interaction

How to maximise your practice

The Teaching Assistant’s Guide... is the definitive guide to classroom interactions betweeen TAs and pupils. It's an invaluable professional development tool for both TAs and the teachers who work with them in all settings.

Our research and practical work with schools is the basis for this highly relatable and accessible book, which sets out a role for TAs focusing on developing pupils’ independence and ownership of learning. 

Based on a classroom-tested framework, and covering the main contexts in which TAs work, it includes practical strategies and reflective activities to help to:

  • improve your interactions with pupils
  • understand the principles behind effective classroom talk
  • carefully scaffold pupils’ learning
  • work effectively in collaboration with teachers
  • support the assessment for learning process
  • support group work and collaborative tasks
  • deliver intervention programmes.

An impressive and important book … I urge colleagues to treasure this as a means of building a rich resource of pedagogical support within the classroom… this book is an essential read. Dame Alison Peacock, Chief Executive Officer, Chartered College of Teaching

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Reassessing the Impact of Teaching Assistants

How research challenges practice and policy

Teaching assistants have become an established part of everyday classroom life. Often used to help lower-attaining pupils and those with SEN, until the Deployment and Impact of Support Staff (DISS) project, little was known about their impact on teaching and learning.

This book reports findings from that ground-breaking and seminal study - the largest, most in-depth of its kind. Our research lifted the lid on the impact of TAs on teachers, teaching and pupil attainment, and showed how those in most need are let down by current classroom practice.

We present a robust challenge to the current widespread practices concerning TA deployment, structured around a conceptually and empirically strong explanatory framework, and show too how schools need to change if they are to realise the potential of TAs.

Of interest to practictioners and policy-makers, this book shows why the DISS project is a landmark study in British educational research. 

The substansial and counter-intuitive research findings that underpin this book set it apart. Seamus Hegarty, Editior of the European Journal of Special Needs Education

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