Meet the team

Rob Webster

Associate Professor, UCL Institute of Education

I'm an Associate Professor, based in the Centre for Inclusive Education, UCL Institute of Education. I research and write about special educational needs and inclusion.

I developed the Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants initiative, after working on a number of research projects focusing on the use and impact of TAs, including the ground-breaking Deployment and Impact of Support Staff project, and the UK’s largest study of the everyday school experiences of pupils with an EHCP/Statement.

I've written extensively on these topics and my publications include: the Education Endowment Foundation's Making the Best Use of Teaching Assistants guidance report; several acclaimed books, including Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants and The Teaching Assistant's Guide to Effective Interaction; plus numerous papers and articles

My latest book (pub. Jan 2019) is called Including Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in Learning and Life: How Far Have We Come Since the Warnock Enquiry – and Where Do We Go Next? The book marked the 40th anniversary of the landmark Warnock Enquiry into special education.

Before I got into research, I worked for five years as a TA, and I have also worked as a local authority SEN Officer, managing the statutory assessment process and school placements.


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