Books

I have written the most authoritative books on the effective deployment of teaching assistants, and edited a volume of essays on the 1978 Warnock Enquiry into special education

Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants in Primary Schools

Drawing on the lessons from one of the world’s leading research and development efforts involving TAs, this is the most authoritative text yet on how to design a whole school plan to improve TAs’ deployment, practice and preparedness, and put it into action.

Structured around a unique and empirically sound conceptual framework, this book provides essential principles, practical tools and workable strategies, developed through collaboration with hundreds of UK schools. It focuses on ensuring TAs can thrive in their role, and presents the tools and techniques needed to do so accessibly, and is illustrated with case studies on school and classroom practices.

The Teaching Assistant’s Guide to Effective Interaction (2nd edition)

This second edition is the definitive guide to TA-pupil interaction. An invaluable professional development tool for classroom support staff and the teachers who work with them, this new edition answers the need for specific, practical guidance on the role of the teaching assistant.


This practical and accessible guide sets out a role for TAs that focuses on developing pupils’ independence and ownership of learning. Based on a classroom-tested framework and covering the main contexts in which TAs work, it includes a range of strategies and reflective activities to help improve the support provided to pupils in everyday settings. Fully updated with examples from schools, and key learning points summarised in each chapter.

Including Children and Young People with SEND in Learning and Life 

Marking the 40th anniversary of the Warnock Enquiry (1978) into special education in the UK, this edited volume explores the legacy of the Enquiry, considering how it has impacted on policy and practice relating to SEND and inclusion, and how it will continue to do so. 


Offering historical perspectives and drawing on professional and personal experiences, high-profile contributors, including practitioners, researchers, campaigners and parents, reflect on the Enquiry and consider how successfully its recommendations have been implemented. This invaluable text widens current debates by exploring how persistent problems concerning inclusion and the education of learners with SEND may be resolved. 

Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants (2nd edition) 

TAs are an integral part of classroom life, but pioneering research by the authors found the more TA support pupils received, the less academic progress they made. Yet it is decisions made about TAs by school leaders and teachers that best explain this provocative finding.


The second edition draws on the experiences of schools that have put this guidance into action via the MITA programme. It has helped many primary and secondary schools rethink the role, purpose and contribution of TAs, and add real value to what can be achieved in classrooms. This book provides much-needed and evidence-informed guidance on how to unleash the huge potential of TAs, and is essential reading for all school leaders.