The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has published a guidance report Making Best Use of Teaching Assistants.
The report makes recommendations on the use of teaching assistants (TAs) in everyday classroom contexts, TAs delivering structured interventions out of class, and recommendations on linking learning from work led by teachers and TAs.
The main recommendations are:
- TAs should not be used as an informal teaching resource for low-achieving students.
- Use TAs to add value to what teachers do, not replace them.
- Use TAs to help students develop independent learning skills and manage their own learning.
- Use TAs to deliver high-quality one-to-one and small-group support using structured interventions.
- Adopt evidence-based interventions to support TAs in their small-group and one-to-one instruction.
- Ensure TAs are fully prepared for their role in the classroom.
- Ensure explicit connections are made between learning from everyday classroom teaching and structured interventions.
Source: Making Best Use of Teaching Assistants (2015), Education Endowment Foundation