Teaching assistants: the full story

14th February 2014 at 00:00

Peter Blatchford's 2009 research, which found that TAs had a negative effect on student achievement, came at a time when insufficiently trained TAs were being inappropriately deployed. The Education Endowment Foundation's recent report shows that times are changing and value is being added to the role.

Yet it is not TAs' status that makes the difference, it is one-to-one tuition by trained staff. The cause of improving disadvantaged children's achievement would be furthered immeasurably if pressure were focused on enabling high-quality one-to-one tuition for all students who need it.

John Bangs, Former head of education, NUT; visiting professor, Institute of Education, University of London.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now