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Cash-strapped parents are turning to teaching assistants for financial support

Discussion in 'Education news' started by TES_Rosaline, Sep 6, 2019.

  1. TES_Rosaline

    TES_Rosaline Administrator Staff Member

    ‘Teaching assistants are using their own money to help families buy school uniforms, lunches and to pay for school trips, research by Unison has found.

    The union said its findings also indicated that schools were providing emergency supplies of groceries, with many running food banks for families.

    Its survey of more than 4,500 teaching assistants from primary and secondary schools revealed that low-income families are turning to schools for basic support, with more than half of respondents reporting that pupils were arriving at school hungry more often.’

    What do you think about the union’s findings? Are you surprised that teaching assistants are helping families in poverty with the associated costs of sending children to school? Have you or your school had to cover the costs of uniform, schools lunches or trips?

  2. Catgirl1964

    Catgirl1964 Occasional commenter

    As a TA I am very surprised that any TAs are giving financial help to families. After all, TAs are generally paid less than £10 per hour for approx 30 hours per week and for only 43/44 weeks of the year. We are hardly in a strong financial position ourselves and are paid less than £1 per hour more than the cleaning staff and dinner ladies.
  3. colpee

    colpee Star commenter

  4. Corvuscorax

    Corvuscorax Senior commenter

    having been a TA and a teacher I can confidently assert that TAs earn more per hour than teachers.
  5. Corvuscorax

    Corvuscorax Senior commenter

    I am absolutely furious at the amount of money I have paid out this weekend for resources I need at school which the school does not have.
  6. Catgirl1964

    Catgirl1964 Occasional commenter

    ...but the difference is teachers earn a far higher yearly salary to start with and can, with luck, rise up the pay scales to earn even more whereas TAs' pay is capped at a much lower maximum.

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