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This report presents early findings from the ‘Deployment and Impact of Support Staff in Schools’ (DISS) project, a 5-year project from 2004 to 2009, commissioned with the Welsh Assembly government.
The research will fill data gaps on the deployment and characteristics of support staff, and explore the effect of support staff on teaching and learning.
The DfES worked with a range of stakeholders, including WAMG (Workforce Agreement Monitoring Group) and TDA (Training and Development Agency), to ensure that the messages from the research were disseminated for policy and practice.