The Department for Education commissioned this report last year, but in a written answer to MP Kevin Brennan have now revealed their decision not to publish it. Given the widespread use of TAs to support children with SEN, this is a matter of serious concern. In his reply, the schools minister Nick Gibb stated the government’s belief that ‘schools are best placed to decide how they use and deploy teaching assistants, and to set standards for the teaching assistants they employ.’
If this were the case, that would be fine of course, but recent research evidence has raised serious questions about the way schools currently tend to deploy TAs . If you are concerned about this decision, contact your MP to complain and let us know what response you get.
Rob Webster, a researcher with a specialist interest in the (best) use of Teaching Assistants has now published a blog on the subject. You can read it here: http://ow.ly/U8hbl.