The effective deployment of classroom staff can be critical to ensuring that every child and young person has the opportunity to reach their full potential. This is particularly the case for pupils with special educational needs (SEN).

For teaching assistants (TAs) and higher level teaching assistants (HLTAs) the effective deployment of classroom staff means:

  • more involvement in lesson planning
  • more recognition and status in the classroom
  • greater impact on the lives of children and young people
  • a chance to have professional development accredited and linked into the national occupational standards and qualification credit framework
  • a chance to have skills recognised and to maximise the benefits of those skills
  • a chance to have continuous professional development (CPD) and performance management needs taken seriously
  • clearer roles and lines of responsibility for teaching and learning
  • greater job satisfaction.

Research shows that the effective deployment of classroom staff involves:

  • clarity of teacher and TA roles
  • teachers and TAs planning together
  • professional development of support staff
  • encouragement of the effective deployment of support staff through the performance review process.

The Teaching Agency has worked with schools, local authorities (LAs) and researchers to develop a resource kit to help schools with the effective deployment of classroom support staff.

TAs and HLTAs might also find it useful to reference the national occupational standards for supporting teaching and learning (NOS STL) and the professional standards for HLTAs.