EEF Reports- Making the Best Use of Teaching Assistants

The EEF’s Making Best Use of Teaching Assistants guidance report presents the best available evidence regarding the deployment and development of teaching assistants. The report makes seven evidence-based recommendations to help schools maximise the impact of teaching assistants.

Previous research has shown that, in many English schools, teaching assistants are not being deployed in ways that improve pupil outcomes (for example, they are replacing rather than supplementing teaching from qualified teachers). However, there is a growing evidence base – including six new EEF evaluations – which suggests that when they are used to deliver structured programmes with high-quality support and training, teaching assistants can have a positive impact on pupil learning.