The background. In 2009 I started as a volunteer for 2 mornings a week at my local primary school. The following year I worked in the same school as a 1:1 TA 5 afternoons a week for a year, whilst completing the QCF Apprenticeship for Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (Level 2). Since September I?ve been volunteering 1 day a week as well as working in the same school as a relief TA. Up until last week I had only had 4 days paid TA work ; this week I was in every day and the next 3 weeks I?ll be in for 3-4 days per week. After then who knows? I?ve really enjoyed this week; it?s been a while since I?ve come home from work with a smile on my face. (I had another part-time job up until last month). Currently my LEA is getting all the permanent TA?s to sign acceptance for Single Status. In the school neither of the HLTA?s have lost any money, of the seven L3 TA?s five have gained money, but two (the most experienced) are loosing £600 pa; all the fourteen L1 TA?s will loose £1200-£1600 pa (pro rata as over half are part time). There are rarely any jobs advertised in this area, if there are they are L1 and temporary. I?m in my mid forties and want to be a TA as a career until retirement; it isn?t to fit in with child care. The questions. Am I being delusional, hoping to obtain a permanent class TA post whilst all this upheaval is going on? With those of you who have been through the single status process, have there been cutbacks/redundancies over the subsequent years? Do you think there is a future for TA?s? Thanks.