This week, the Department for Education published its latest School Snapshot Survey, including responses from 802 school leaders, asking about the EEF guidance report, Making Best Use of Teaching Assistants:
Other findings from the survey include:
This latter finding is similar to the independent evaluation of the EEF’s campaign to support schools implement our Teaching Assistants guidance in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, published in 2019, which reported: ‘… before the start of the TA campaign, 85% of schools in Lincolnshire responding to both the pre-campaign and post-campaign surveys had read the EEF report … [this] increased to 90% in the post-campaign survey, an increase of five percentage points.’ (p.46, independent evaluation report)
Now read: Making Best Use of Teaching Assistants – what have we learned so far about supporting schools to put evidence into action? by EEF senior associate Prof. Jonathan Sharples, reflecting on the campaign: what we did; what we learned; and asking What’s next?