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Teaching assistants: The right ethos, good CPD and effective deployment

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Getting the best from your school’s teaching assistants means creating the right school ethos, proper training and effective deployment. Hannah Foster offers some practical advice and reflections

The Department for Education’s school workforce census for 2018 shows that the percentage of teaching assistants in our schools has trebled since the year 2000 and now more than a quarter of all school-based staff are teaching assistants.

One major factor in this increase is the expanded responsibilities teaching assistants now have, outlined in the government’s National Agreement in 2003.

Another major factor has been the push for greater inclusion within mainstream classrooms, increasing the employment of teaching assistants working one-to-one or with small groups. Schools are also being increasingly innovative in how they employ more support staff to deliver a range of interventions to groups of children other than SEND pupils.

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