380,000 teaching assistants (TAs) are employed across the country, at an annual public cost of some £5 billion, but previous research had shown that in many schools they were not being deployed in ways that improve student outcomes. Indeed, for students from poorer backgrounds the impact of TAs was too often negative. However, EEF trials have demonstrated that, when they are well-trained and used in structured settings with high-quality support and training, TAs can make a noticeable positive impact on pupil learning.

This campaign aims to support schools unlock the potential of their teaching assistants and is based on the Making Best Use of Teaching Assistants guidance report. 

We've also produced a range of free additional resources to go alongside the report, which you can find below.

EEF email series - Supporting pupils with SEND

EEF email series - Supporting pupils with SEND

Direct to your inbox - five evidence-based recommendations to support pupils with SEND, providing a starting point for schools to review their current approach and practical ideas they can implement.