I am a TA who works in a Primary School. I am very concerned at the number of TAs who are unqualified who are agreeing to cover classes (regularly not just for emergency cover), who have either no qualifications at all, or who do have TA quals but are not qualified to take whole classes. I have seen a dramatic increase in the number of times heads are asking TAs to do this and paying them grade 4, as opposed to their normal grade 1 or 2. This is resulting in the dumbing down of our childrens education, and also preventing qualified Supply Teachers who hold QTS from getting work. Any TA who wishes to teach should do the necessary degree and then QTS BEFORE teaching in the classroom. I know this is commonplace and widespread and I have raised the matter with both my own MP and also the Education Secretary. Those of us who refuse to take part in this shoddy practice are being snubbed in favour of those who are only to happy to earn £10 an hour instead of their usual £6 to £8 and in the process are allowing heads to save paying the £35 an hour supply costs. PLEASE if you are not qualified, then REFUSE to cover classes. It could not happen in any other role, so why allow it to happen in education?