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It’s official: school budget cuts have finally caught up with teaching assistants

Rob Webster.  The latest school workforce statistics, released by the Dept for Education, confirm what survey after survey have been telling us for months: schools are losing their TAs. The government started publishing school workforce data 21 years ago. This is the

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Is the solution to the teacher supply crisis already in our classrooms?

Rob Webster.  This week, The Economist carried an article on how education systems globally are improving the quality of teaching by looking inside “the ‘black box of the production process’ – or what others might call the classroom’.” It concludes

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The power of talk: how teaching assistants can boost pupils’ independence and learning

 Rob Webster, Paula Bosanquet and Julie Radford.  Schools are increasingly using research evidence to inform their strategic and day-to-day practice. A key resource is the Education Endowment Foundation’s Teaching and Learning Toolkit. Consistently top of the EEF’s list of ‘what works’

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The freedom to make decisions about teaching assistants is nothing new, but now school leaders have the means to unlock their potential

Rob Webster Over the last five years, schools in England have been granted an unprecedented level of freedom. An increasing number of state schools now decide for themselves which children are admitted, the curriculum they follow, who to appoint to

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How headteachers are maximising the impact of teaching assistants and getting results

Rob Webster Recent Government data reveal the rise and rise of teaching assistants. Headcount figures show there are more TAs working in English state-funded primary schools than teachers: 257,300 vs. 242,300. In secondary schools, there are 70,700 TAs to 257,300

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