It sounds familiar. Although most TAs probably do a good job, I think it has to be remembered that they often have only a GCSE level of education and, of course, have not attained any professional standards (unless they're an HLTA). Also, it is worth remembering that TAs are usually employed at Grade 4 (about £10 500 pro rata) but are often expected to provide a much higher level of service. In theory, any bored 'mum' with a couple of GCSEs is welcomed into our schools. Says it all really.