The Deployment and Impact of Support Staff (DISS) project
A research project funded by the Dept. of Children, Schools and Families (2003-2009)
The DISS project is the largest study of school support staff carried out in the world.
It is the first longitudinal study to analyse the impact of teaching assistants (TAs) on teachers, teaching and pupil learning, behaviour and academic progress in everyday school settings. The findings have important implications for teaching, school management and the education of pupils with SEN
Reassessing the impact of teaching assistants:
how research challenges practice and policy
The key text on the findings and implications of the DISS project.
This book reveals the extent to which the pupils in most need are let down by current classroom practice. We present a robust challenge to the current widespread practices concerning TA preparation, deployment and practice, and show how schools need to change if they are to realise the potential of TAs.
With serious implications not just for classroom practice, but also whole-school, local authority and government policy, this is an indispensable text for primary, secondary and special schools, senior management teams, those involved in teacher training and professional development, policy-makers and academics.
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We've produced a set of short briefing notes on the DISS project. Click here to download.
The DISS project reports for the DCSF (2006-2009)
The deployment and impact of support staff project. Research summary (2009)
Short summary of the main findings, conclusions and recommendations from the DISS project
The impact of support staff in schools. Strand 2 Wave 2 report (2009)
Findings on the impact of TAs and other support stafff on the teachers, teaching and pupil learning, behaviour and academic progress
Characteristics, working conditions, job satisfaction and impact of workforce remodelling.
Findings from the Strand 1, Waves 1-3 surveys (2009)
Findings from a systematic survey of support staff on their characteristics and deployment in schools, and how these changed between 2004 to 2008
The deployment and impact of support staff in schools and the impact of The National Agreement.
Strand 2 Wave 1 report (2008)
Findings from systematic observations on classroom interactions and interim findings from case studies on the deployment of TAs and other support staff
The deployment and impact of support staff. Findings from the Strand 1 Wave 2 survey (2007)
Interim findings from a systematic survey of support staff on their characteristics and deployment in schools, and how these changed between 2004 to 2006
The deployment and impact of support staff. Findings from the Strand 1 Wave 1 survey (2006)
Preliminary findings from a systematic survey of support staff on their characteristics and deployment in schools in 2004