SEN research focusing on how teachers and TAs work together The second of three programmes exploring the work of educational researchers aiming to improve teacher training through projects relevant to Special Educational Needs.
Three research projects focus on how teachers can work with the wider workforce. One project at the University of London involves teacher trainees working as TAs in subjects outside their own specialism during their placements to help them better understand what TAs are doing in the classroom, and to create further engagement with pupils with SEN. A second project, based in the West Country, has involved a researcher filming 30 – 40 video-taped interviews with a wide variety of TAs, learning support assistants and others involved in the wider school workforce, to identify good practice. The third project featured comes from the University of Northampton. Its Growing Talent for Inclusion project is the result of partnership between the Educational Psychology Service and teacher educators