EEF BLOG: Unlocking the potential of Teaching Assistants

EEF BLOG: Unlocking the potential of Teaching Assistants

Dr Jonathan Sharples, Senior Researcher at the EEF, discusses the implications of today's EEF Guidance Report on the effective use of Teaching Assistants.One of the most challenged and debated areas of research in the Teaching and Learning Toolkit relates to the use of Teaching Assistants (TAs) in schools. The evidence is striking: despite spending over £4billion a year on TAs in English schools, research suggests they are not adding significantly to pupils’ attainment. Yet,…

New EEF Guidance Report - Making Best Use of Teaching Assistants

New EEF Guidance Report - Making Best Use of Teaching Assistants

Teaching assistants should not be used as substitute teachers for low-attaining pupils, according to a new guidance report from the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) published today.Instead they should be used to help pupils develop independent study skills and given direction to deliver high-quality one-to-one and small-group support. The report calls on…

EEF in the news: New EEF reports published (February)

EEF in the news: New EEF reports published (February)

Today we have released the findings from nine of our projects.See below for coverage; Primary phonics helps struggling secondary students, research shows (TES)Web scheme 'boosts reading skills' (Press Association)Low-cost programme 'boosts reading' for year 7 pupils (Northern Echo)How school teachers could become the foot soldiers of education research …

EEF in the news: EAL review

EEF in the news: EAL review

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), Unbound Philanthropy and The Bell Foundation have commissioned two reports by Professor Steve Strand and Professor Victoria Murphy of the University of Oxford to analyse the evidence on the achievement of pupils with English as an Additional Language (EAL) and to review the literature on effective interventions…

Cash for pupils without English as first language should be better targeted

Cash for pupils without English as first language should be better targeted

There is a huge variation in the results achieved by pupils classified as EAL (English as an Additional Language), according to new research published today. The reports' authors, Professor Steve Strand and Professor Victoria Murphy of the University of Oxford, are calling on local authorities to continue prioritising EAL funding, and urging…

EEF in the TES

EEF in the TES

In an article that was published by the TES, EEF Chief Executive Kevan Collins discusses the importance of how technology is used within education.View the full article below: "I love ( and loathe) technology. On the one hand, it’s fun, makes life easier and gives me access to a plethora of…