With regard to your further question 'that teaching standards for present and people wishing to train as teachers must be increased, while at the same time allowing people without any form of teaching training to teach?, again I can only re-state that the Department?s position on this is that Teaching Assistants do not replace teachers. They should be under the supervision of a classroom teacher. Head Teachers have some freedom to use Teaching Assistants and in particular Higher Level Teaching Assistants to carry out specified work. We do not as a matter of course intervene in a situation until we are sure that the local grievance procedure has been followed. I can assure you that your views and comments have been noted and brought to the attention of the relevant officials. What can I say, the dept of education confirms the facts that TA's should be only used under the supervision of the class teacher, this must under the defintion set out by the Dept of Education must include also PPA time, because they cannot take the class, if the teacher is not there to supervise them?