Rob is a researcher at the UCL Institute of Education, where he also leads the Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants initiative for the UCL Centre for Inclusive Education. He is directing the EEF-funded Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants project, and delivering the MITA school improvement course for school leaders.
Rob has worked on a number of research projects focusing on the use and impact of TAs, including the ground-breaking Deployment and Impact of Support Staff project and its follow-up study, the Effective Deployment of TAs project. He co-directed the Making a Statement studyand now the SEN in Secondary Education study, both of which focussed on the educational experiences of pupils with SEND.
Rob has written extensively on these topics and his publications include: the Education Endowment Foundation’s Making the Best Use of Teaching Assistants guidance report; two acclaimed books: Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants and The Teaching Assistant’s Guide to Effective Interaction. He is also an occasional blogger for TES.
He has had five years experience of working as a TA and also worked as a local authority SEN Officer, managing the statutory assessment process and school placements.