Teaching assistants: ​EEF publishes updated guidance to support schools achieve greater impact

380,000 teaching assistants (TAs) are employed across the country, at an annual public cost of some £5 billion, but previous research had shown that in many schools they were not being deployed in ways that improve student outcomes. Indeed, for students from poorer backgrounds the impact of TAs was too often negative.

However, EEF trials have demonstrated that, when they are well-trained and used in structured settings with high-quality support and training, TAs can make a noticeable positive impact on pupil learning.

To support schools in achieving this, in 2015 the EEF published its first guidance report, Making Best Use of Teaching Assistants. Written by the EEF's Prof. Jonathan Sharples, together with Rob Webster and Prof. Peter Blatchford, both at the UCL Institute of Education, it made seven clear and actionable recommendations.

Since then, the EEF has added a number of resources to support the implementation of this guidance report. This new material has now been incorporated online to bring the guidance up-to-date. It can be freely read and downloaded here.

Systematic review of evidence on Continuing Professional Development: call for proposals

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EEF Blog: Assessing learning in the new academic year (Part 2 of 2) – how school leaders can best support pupils to regain lost learning

Prof. Rob Coe looks at the role of quality assessment in helping teachers understand how best to help your pupils regain any learning lost during Covid-19 school closures.

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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion monitoring form

The EEF is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in all aspects of our work.

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EEF Blog: Assessing learning in the new academic year (Part 1 of 2) – three key questions for school leaders to consider

Prof. Rob Coe, looks at the different purposes of assessment to help teachers and school leaders think through what you want to put in place for the autumn.

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Chief Executive’s Letter: The National Tutoring Programme is a huge opportunity to support schools and pupils

Chief Executive’s Letter: The National Tutoring Programme is a huge opportunity to support schools and pupils Download PDF get_app

Covid-19 support guide for schools

Guide designed to help teachers and school leaders support their pupils

Covid-19 support guide for schools Download PDF get_app

​£350m National Tutoring Programme launched to support pupils in schools across England

​£350m National Tutoring Programme launched to support pupils in schools across England Download PDF get_app

National Tutoring Programme FAQs

National Tutoring Programme: FAQs

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National Tutoring Programme

Supporting schools to address the impact of Covid-19 closures on pupils’ learning

National Tutoring Programme Download PDF get_app

Guest Blog: How can we support social and emotional learning during school closures?

Guest Blog: How can we support social and emotional learning during school closures? Download PDF get_app

Chief Executive’s Letter: Covid-19 has created the test of a generation

Chief Executive’s Letter: Covid-19 has created the test of a generation Download PDF get_app

Online tuition pilot launched as new EEF analysis finds school closures could undo recent progress on closing the attainment gap

Online tuition pilot launched as new EEF analysis finds school closures could undo recent progress on closing the attainment gap Download PDF get_app

Best evidence on impact of school closures on the attainment gap

Rapid evidence assessment examining the potential impact of school closures on the attainment gap.

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EEF publishes new evaluation reports, including pilot of early years app and school improvement programme

EEF publishes new evaluation reports, including pilot of early years app and school improvement programme Download PDF get_app

The EEF’s evaluation of Achievement for All: answers to key questions for teachers and school leaders

The EEF’s evaluation of Achievement for All: answers to key questions for teachers and school leaders Download PDF get_app

Supporting schools with evidence – EEF timeline

Supporting schools with evidence – EEF timeline Download PDF get_app

School Closures Rapid Evidence Assessment

School Closures Rapid Evidence Assessment Download PDF get_app

Using meta-analysis to explore the transferability of education mid-range theories to Cameroon, Chad, Nigeria and Niger

Using meta-analysis to explore the transferability of education mid-range theories to Cameroon, Chad, Nigeria and Niger Download PDF get_app

Metacognition and Self-regulation Review

Metacognition and Self-regulation Review Download PDF get_app

New evaluation reports: catch-up programme boosts young children’s language skills by +3 months

New evaluation reports: catch-up programme boosts young children’s language skills by +3 months Download PDF get_app

Blog: Help with home learning - Talk with TRUST

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Chief Executive’s Letter: Practical and evidence-based - our new tools to support schools and parents through the Covid-19 crisis

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Blog: Supporting the learning of mathematics at home

Blog: Supporting the learning of mathematics at home Download PDF get_app

Blog: What learning should we be promoting for home during school closures?

Blog: What learning should we be promoting for home during school closures? Download PDF get_app

Support resources to share with parents

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Blog: Supporting parents to undertake brilliant book talk

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Blog: Four tips for a smooth home learning routine

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Remote schooling: new EEF evidence review highlights core features that can unlock its potential

Remote schooling: new EEF evidence review highlights core features that can unlock its potential Download PDF get_app

Useful links

Additional resources to support schools and parents.

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Best evidence on supporting students to learn remotely

Rapid evidence assessment examining the existing research to support the remote learning of pupils.

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Support resources to share with parents

Resources to share with parents on how to support home routines.

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Support resources for schools

Tools for schools to help support home learning and maximise the impact of work set.

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Cornwall Teaching Schools Together – a Partnership with EEF and the Research School network

Cornwall Teaching Schools Together – a Partnership with EEF and the Research School network Download PDF get_app

Tameside Metropolitan Council and Oldham Research School

Tameside Metropolitan Council and Oldham Research School Download PDF get_app

Specialist Professional Development

Specialist Professional Development Download PDF get_app

Distance Learning Rapid Evidence Assessment

Distance Learning Rapid Evidence Assessment Download PDF get_app

Chief Executive’s Letter: School closures - the disadvantage gap may widen, but there are practical steps we can take to minimise it

Chief Executive’s Letter: School closures - the disadvantage gap may widen, but there are practical steps we can take to minimise it Download PDF get_app

Supporting schools through the Covid-19 crisis - EEF and Sunday Times launch new appeal

Supporting schools through the Covid-19 crisis - EEF and Sunday Times launch new appeal Download PDF get_app

Special Educational Needs in Mainstream Schools

Five recommendations on special education needs in mainstream schools

Special Educational Needs in Mainstream Schools Download PDF get_app

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Download PDF get_app

Work effectively with teaching assistants

Work effectively with teaching assistants Download PDF get_app

Complement high quality teaching with carefully selected small-group and one-to-one interventions

Complement high quality teaching with carefully selected small-group and one-to-one interventions Download PDF get_app

Ensure all pupils have access to high quality teaching

Ensure all pupils have access to high quality teaching Download PDF get_app

Build an ongoing, holistic understanding of your pupils and their needs

Build an ongoing, holistic understanding of your pupils and their needs Download PDF get_app

Create a positive and supportive environment for all pupils without exception

Create a positive and supportive environment for all pupils without exception Download PDF get_app

EEF statement on school closures

EEF statement on school closures Download PDF get_app

​Guest Blog: How our school leadership became more evidence informed

​Guest Blog: How our school leadership became more evidence informed Download PDF get_app

See full evidence reviews underpinning EEF guidance reports

See full evidence reviews underpinning EEF guidance reports Download PDF get_app

Guest Blog: Top 7 Tips for Researchers Working with Schools

Guest Blog: Top 7 Tips for Researchers Working with Schools Download PDF get_app

Chief Executive’s Letter: What does R&R mean to the EEF?

Chief Executive’s Letter: What does R&R mean to the EEF? Download PDF get_app

EEF Blog: ​What can 63 EEF trials tell us about closing the attainment gap for young people with social care experience?

EEF Blog: ​What can 63 EEF trials tell us about closing the attainment gap for young people with social care experience? Download PDF get_app

Systematic review of evidence on feedback: call for proposals (closed)

Systematic review of evidence on  feedback: call for proposals (closed) Download PDF get_app

​Three new EEF evaluation reports published

​Three new EEF evaluation reports published Download PDF get_app

Can teaching GCSEs over three years help boost grades? New EEF grant to find out

Can teaching GCSEs over three years help boost grades? New EEF grant to find out Download PDF get_app

What works at Key Stage 4, two or three years of study?

What works at Key Stage 4, two or three years of study? Download PDF get_app

New EEF grants announced, including three focusing on maths from the early years through to GCSE

New EEF grants announced, including three focusing on maths from the early years through to GCSE Download PDF get_app

TEEM UP: Teaching Effective Early Mathematical Understanding in Primary Schools

TEEM UP: Teaching Effective Early Mathematical Understanding in Primary Schools Download PDF get_app

Thinking, Doing, Talking Science (second re-grant)

Thinking, Doing, Talking Science (second re-grant) Download PDF get_app

EEF announces expansion of Research Schools Network

EEF announces expansion of Research Schools Network Download PDF get_app

Becky Francis: “Surface-level compliance is the biggest threat to any change in education”

Becky Francis: “Surface-level compliance is the biggest threat to any change in education” Download PDF get_app

EEF Blog: Reading aloud with your class – what does the research say?

EEF Blog: Reading aloud with your class – what does the research say? Download PDF get_app

Privacy notice for job applicants

Privacy notice for job applicants Download PDF get_app

Privacy notice for EEF grantees and suppliers

Privacy notice for EEF grantees and suppliers Download PDF get_app

Guidance on data protection for grantees delivering or evaluating an EEF-funded project

Guidance on data protection for grantees delivering or evaluating an EEF-funded project Download PDF get_app

Guidance on data protection for schools and settings involved in an EEF-funded project

Guidance on data protection for schools and settings involved in an EEF-funded project Download PDF get_app

Privacy notice for identified potential or current supporters

Privacy notice for identified potential or current supporters Download PDF get_app

Privacy notice for individual donors

Privacy notice for individual donors Download PDF get_app

Privacy notice for those attending an EEF-organised event

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Privacy notice for subscribers to EEF emails

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Privacy notice for funding applications

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Privacy notice for website users

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Privacy notice - information that we need to tell everyone

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Chief Executive’s Letter: The EEF’s is a story of two gaps

Chief Executive’s Letter: The EEF’s is a story of two gaps Download PDF get_app

Bitesize evidence - weekly EEF email series

Bitesize evidence - weekly EEF email series Download PDF get_app

EEF Blog: Improving mathematics - why starting early is crucial

EEF Blog: Improving mathematics - why starting early is crucial Download PDF get_app

New EEF guidance published with 5 recommendations to improve early maths

New EEF guidance published with 5 recommendations to improve early maths Download PDF get_app

Improving Mathematics in the Early Years and Key Stage 1

Five recommendations to support practitioners in developing the maths skills of 3-7 year-olds

Improving Mathematics in the Early Years and Key Stage 1 Download PDF get_app

‘The 7 things 100 RCTs tell us about the attainment gap’

‘The 7 things 100 RCTs tell us about the attainment gap’ Download PDF get_app

Use high quality targeted support to help all children learn mathematics

Use high quality targeted support to help all children learn mathematics Download PDF get_app

Ensure that teaching builds on what children already know

Ensure that teaching builds on what children already know Download PDF get_app

Use manipulatives and representations to develop understanding

Use manipulatives and representations to develop understanding Download PDF get_app

Dedicate time for children to learn mathematics and integrate mathematics throughout the day

Dedicate time for children to learn mathematics and integrate mathematics throughout the day Download PDF get_app

Develop practitioners’ understanding of how children learn mathematics

Develop practitioners’ understanding of how children learn mathematics Download PDF get_app

EEF Blog: The Voices informing Teacher Choices

EEF Blog: The Voices informing Teacher Choices Download PDF get_app

Social and Emotional Learning Evidence Reviews

Social and Emotional Learning Evidence Reviews Download PDF get_app

Invitation for expressions of interest to be a peer reviewer (closed)

Invitation for expressions of interest to be a peer reviewer (closed) Download PDF get_app

In addition, this week the EEF launched a new 11-week email series based on the guidance report – more than 800 people have so far signed up to receive the report in bite-sized chunks direct to their inbox. You can subscribe free here:

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