Employment and Deployment of Teaching Assistants

Paula Smith, Caroline Sharp, Karen Whitby

23 March 2004

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This research was based on a literature review which focused on the current role of teaching assistants in school. The findings acknowledged similarities and differences in the views and experiences between the groups of respondents (headteachers, teachers and teaching assistants), and between respondents in the different phases (primary and secondary). Findings are presented on the characteristics of teaching assistants, the employment of teaching assistants, the ways in which they are deployed in schools, their professional and career development opportunities and the impact of teaching assistants in schools.