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Are you a support assistant in a mainstream school? I want to hear from you.

Discussion in 'Teaching assistants' started by michaelastewart1, May 11, 2020.

  1. michaelastewart1

    michaelastewart1 New commenter

    My name is Michaela Stewart and I am currently doing a Masters in Special and Inclusive Education at the Institute of Education of University College London. As part of my Master’s program, I am conducting research on the recruitment and training experiences of support staff working in mainstream schools and I would like to invite you to take part. If you would like to be a participant, please read and complete the information and consent form and begin the online survey: https://qtrial2020q1az1.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5zkywOS1bn1RNhX
     
  2. sunshineneeded

    sunshineneeded Star commenter

  3. michaelastewart1

    michaelastewart1 New commenter

  4. ParakeetGreen

    ParakeetGreen New commenter

    I have experience as Support Staff in a variety of situations:

    * Primary
    * Secondary
    * FE
    * A variety of highly specialized institutions eg "disability" etc and more

    The only feedback I can give is not pre-scribed questions which fit a pre-given and narrow outcome; but a general picture:

    1. For Specialist support eg Autism or borderline-PRU behaviour: Yes training of skills is immensely helpful.
    2. For General support which I'd argue in many many cases is the more frequent case of support in addition to something prescribed ie in mainstream schools: I'd have to argue the less interference from directive above the better: It's a huge space and Support roles work better when there is flexibility for those people to work out the best way to contribute. Any so called training ends up being tick-boxes and sapping enegy and time form an already emotionally draining role.

    I appreciate funding requires definition but the duck-tape approach of education reality is 25-30 students + teacher + support (x1) in mainstream is the reality that defines 2 above.
     
  5. Corvuscorax

    Corvuscorax Star commenter

    This format is unreadable and has made me feel sick. I tried t0 finish but it is totally unbearable
     
  6. smilingisgoodforyou

    smilingisgoodforyou Occasional commenter

    Really? Perhaps you have something wrong with your eyes. It's perfectly easy to read. That's not a very helpful comment. Are you able help the OP and make suggestions as to how the survey could be improved? ?
     
  7. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Perhaps just as well as this seems to be aimed at 'Support staff', which I would take to be TAs.
     
  8. Corvuscorax

    Corvuscorax Star commenter

    there is nothing wrong with my eyes

    for some people, not for everybody

    of course it is, the OP needs to know she is losing participants because of the weird rippling effect and nauseating colour scheme chosen
     
  9. sunshineneeded

    sunshineneeded Star commenter

    I completed the survey a couple of days ago but had to go back and look again when I read your post as I didn't remember anything about the 'rippling effect and colour scheme'. Now that I've had a second look, I can see what you are talking about - but I honestly didn't even notice it when I took the survey and it certainly didn't bother or confuse me at all.

    We all perceive things in a different way.
     
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  10. smilingisgoodforyou

    smilingisgoodforyou Occasional commenter

    Is your survey just for support teachers to fill in? I'm happy to do it, but I thought I'd check due to Lara's comment
     

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