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Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants (MITA): programme for 2016-17

Are you making the most of your teaching assistants?

Dates: 19th January, 23rd March, 22nd June

Time: 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Venue: Davenant Foundation School, Chester Road, Loughton, Essex IG10 2LD

"Thank you - so many ideas to take away and implement" Feedback from MITA 2015-16Schools face increasing scrutiny on how they use teaching assistants and demonstrate the contribution they make to teaching and learning.

They have to demonstrate effective use of Pupil Premium funds to raise attainment for disadvantaged students, and with the introduction of Education, Health and Care plans, there is an increased focus on outcomes

TAs are an indispensable part of the school workforce. Yet research has found that support provided by TAs has no effect on pupil attainment. This has prompted lively debate in the media about the value of TAs. But evidence from research shows that the problem is not TAs themselves - schools simply do not use TAs to their full potential.

Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants (MITA) is an evidence-based approach to improving the ways school utilise TAs. Developed and delivered in collaboration with Peter Blatchford, Rob Webster and Anthony Russell – the research team at the Institute of Education, London, behind the ground-breaking Deployment and Impact of Support Staff (DISS) project – the MITA programme will help you review and rethink the way your school deploys and prepares TAs. Over 100 Essex schools (Primary, Secondary and Special) have already participated in the programme and seen the benefits.

"The sessions have started a process in school which otherwise wouldn't have happened"
Feedback from MITA 2015-16

The MITA programme offers your school:

  • The opportunity to engage with leading research
  • Practical tools and guidance on auditing practice in your school
  • Guidance from experts
  • Classroom-tested strategies
  • The chance to collaborate with other schools
  • A way of demonstrating investment in your TA workforce.

This programme consists of:

  • Three afternoon sessions facilitated in local clusters

MITA is designed for senior leaders, including SENCOs. Schools who have seen the biggest impact as a result of engaging with the programme are those who ensure leaders at all levels are fully involved in the programme.

The cost of the course is £255 per school for all sessions, for up to 3 people from each school (with 2 attending the launch session).

Download a booking form here.


To sign your school up to MITA or for more information, email wetsa@davenant.org