Just 5% of schools are confident that teaching assistants (TAs) are sufficiently well-informed about the support they need to provide pupils with special educational needs (SEN), Mencap has revealed. In order to try to tackle this issue, the learning disability charity is working with the Institute of Education and six National Teaching Schools to train more than 1,500 head teachers, SENCOs and teachers on how to effectively use TAs to support the 1.8 million pupils in the UK with SEN. The project is an extension of the charity’s Inspired Educators programme, which was developed after research commissioned by the Department
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