An update from Whole School SEND partners

Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants

A massive thank you to all of those who expressed an interest in the MITA project. We have now recruited more than 100 participant schools and 23 fantastic TA Reviewers. The project is set to be the most comprehensive of its kind and we are very excited for the year ahead.

This week our TA Reviewers completed their training to use the new Teaching Assistant Deployment Review Guide, part-funded by the Department for Education and developed by Whole School SEND partners. The guide will be launched soon and will be free for download. 

Primary schools that weren't able to participate in the MITA project may be interested in an exciting collaboration between London Leadership Strategy and Inclusive Classrooms below.

Secondary schools we haven't forgotten about you! There will be TA deployment opportunities for secondary schools in the near future. Watch this space!

Inclusive Classrooms, in partnership with London Leadership Strategy, are offering primary schools the opportunity to take part in two TA training programmes. 

1. 'Social Storytime':

  • The aim of this programme is to support pupils, primarily at Key Stage 2. It is proven to have positive impact on pupils' social skills, with the 68 children who have benefited from the programme so far having improved their social skills by an average of 20.79%. 
  • The usual price of this programme is £4k + VAT, however, our collaboration is enabling 5 schools (typically 2-4 TAs per school) to access this programme for free.

2. 'Good Practice for TAs':

  • This one day training workshop delivers good practice recommendations for TAs working in mainstream primary schools.
  • This training usually costs £2k + VAT. However, our collaboration is enabling 5 schools (typically the whole TA body) to access this programme for free.

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    These places will go quickly! For more information contact Tash Niman by the 7th June:

    Find out more about inclusive classrooms here

Do you have children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) in your school? Would you like some support to accurately identify and meet their needs?

This short project from The Communication Trust will provide specialist support and free materials to support children with SLCN through evidence based teaching and intervention strategies.

What will you get?
  • ½ day specialist support in the summer term to audit your current practice and develop an action plan
  • Two ½ days support during the autumn term to begin to put the plan into action
  • Access to online training and materials
  • Additional teaching and intervention materials to support best practice
  • Evaluation and suggestions for next steps in early spring

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Places are very limited! Deadline for expressions of interest is Wednesday 14th June 2017.

The initial audit and action planning ideally need to take place the weeks beginning 19th and 26th June 2017.

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact

For a programme outline click here.

London Leadership Strategy