Following an excellent article in TES this week and the ongoing work on Maximising TAs by IOE's Rob Webster, I'd like to investigate how TAs should be deployed. Here's some initial questions: Are TAs a vital addition to the classroom? Should there be such thing as a 1:1 TA? Should TAs have planning time? Should TAs be in the classroom or delivering interventions? Should TAs specialise or be generic? In secondary schools should TAs be under the leadership of the SENCO or Heads of Curriculum? Should TAs have similar contracts to teachers? E.g Should they be paid over the holidays and for longer hours? Should TAs be able to teach small groups and/or whole classes? I'd like to spend the next few weeks on this forum investigating these questions, please let me know what you think.