Deploying TAs effectively: pupils with EHC plans

Some pupils with education, health and care (EHC) plans are entitled to 1:1 support from a teaching assistant (TA), with that time classed as protected. Find out how to make the most effective use of TAs when supporting pupils with EHC plans.

Last reviewed on 15 February 2023
School types: All · School phases: All
Ref: 33175
  1. Find out how much of your TA's time is protected
  2. TAs are not a substitute for the class teacher
  3. Encourage independent learning
  4. Co-ordination between the teacher and TA
  5. TAs can intervene with other pupils if necessary
  6. Keep pupils in class as much as possible
  7. Invest in your TAs
  8. More information and resources 

Find out how much of your TA's time is protected

Look at the education, health and care (EHC) plan in question – this will specify:

  • The outcomes your pupil is expected to achieve while on the plan
  • The provision your pupil will receive to help them meet those outcomes

EHC plan direction   TA time allocation A TA is named as 1:1 support The TA must work 1:1 with the pupil A TA is named but 1:1 support is not specified The TA can provide support in a group setting 1:1 hours are specified but a TA is not named Any TA can work with the pupil as long as the teacher allocates support for the hours specified in the EHC plan No named support or directed hours The SENCO should allocate the support they feel is necessary –