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Effective deployment of classroom staff

Resource kit created to help teachers consider the effective deployment of classroom support staff as part of the school improvement planning process.

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Resources in schools have increased significantly over the past decade to address a wide range of barriers to learning and ensure that every child and young person has the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Pupils are supported by staff with a broader range of experiences and skills than ever before. Higher-level teaching assistants (HLTAs), school business managers (SBMs), cover supervisors, extended schools coordinators, personal tutors and parent support advisers are just a few of the new roles created through workforce reform in schools. There has also been a proliferation in the number of classroom-based teaching assistants (TAs), with one in almost every primary school classroom.

Support staff are considered invaluable by colleagues, pupils and parents. However recent research indicates that more attention needs to be paid to how they are deployed to best enable them to deliver positive outcomes for children and young people. This resource kit has been created to help teachers consider the effective deployment of classroom support staff as part of the school improvement planning process.

Includes

  • overview
  • introduction
  • how to use this resource kit
  • self-assessment tool
  • planning session options
  • tools to support planning sessions
  • additional tools