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SEN: Effective partnerships with teaching assistants

Natalie Packer looks at how teachers, through working in partnership, can make effective use of one of the most valuable resources in their classroom – teaching assistants

Teaching assistants are a crucial part of the school workforce. Despite the current national picture suggesting that shrinking budgets are resulting in some schools having to lose teaching assistants, we still have approximately 380,000 members of staff working in support roles in the UK.

Teaching assistants can perform a range of roles within the school setting, so when you have a teaching assistant or other adult in a lesson, what do you ask them to do?

Many are often tasked with supporting students with SEN or those deemed to be “lower ability”. But is this always the most effective way to deploy them?

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