"Teaching assistants do not boost pupils' progress, though they do help to reduce teachers' stress levels and improve classroom discipline, research shows."I find it hard to believe that pupils' progress doesn't improve with TA support. This contradicts so much of what we think in our teaching and planning.
"Primary and secondary pupils supported by teaching assistants (TAs) actually make less progress than those of similar ability, class and gender who do not get such assistance, a study by the Institute of Education has found. But the students are less distracted and disruptive, leaving teachers free to work with the rest of the class."
What do you think? Would you agree with this study?
PS) I just found this discussion online in regards to this very issue.
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