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Reassessing the impact of teaching assistants : how research challenges practice and policy

Blatchford, Peter and Webster, Rob and Russell, Anthony (2012) Reassessing the impact of teaching assistants : how research challenges practice and policy. Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon. ISBN 9780415687638

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Additional Information: Over the last decade, teaching assistants (TAs) have become an established part of everyday classroom life. TAs are often used by schools to help low-attaining pupils and those with special educational needs. Yet despite the huge rise in the number of TAs working in UK classrooms, very little is known about their impact on pupils. The authors present the provocative findings from the ground-breaking Deployment and Impact of Support Staff (DISS) project. This was the largest, most rigorous study ever to be carried out in this field, worldwide. It critically examined the effect of TA support on the academic progress of 8,200 pupils, made extensive observations of nearly 700 pupils and over 100 TAs, and collected data from over 17,800 questionnaire responses and interviews with over 470 school staff and pupils. This book reveals the extent to which the pupils in most need are let down by current classroom practice. The authors present a robust challenge to the current widespread practices concerning TA preparation, deployment and practice, structured around a conceptually and empirically strong explanatory framework. The authors go on to show how schools need to change if they are to realise the potential of TAs. The text is designed to affect primary, secondary and special schools, senior management teams, those involved in teacher training and professional development, policy-makers and academics. The DISS project has been the subject of a case study written by David Budge in preparation for the REF and has been shown to have had measureable impact on policy in a number of ways including the Government’s Green paper on SEN, the Lamb enquiry on parental satisfaction with SEN, the Government’s response to this, as well as Ofsted guidance and a number of LA and school initiatives and changes. The project has been hailed by the Communication Champion, Jean Gross, as the most significant project in SEN over the past decade
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Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2013 12:16
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