Hi all, I am a NQT on a temporary 1 year contract. The HT has recently offered me a permanent position. I am, of course, delighted, especially in this economic market. However, I am hesitant about staying at the school for various reasons. One of these reasons, I was wondering whether to bring up in a discussion or not. I currently have two full time LSAs who work 1:1 with Statemented children. After Christmas, I will be gaining another Statemented child and LSA. So, I will have three other adults in the classroom, however as far as the workload is concerned, I have no TA support. The LSAs absolutely need to be with their children (one is severely autistic, one has many physical difficulties and is wheelchair bound and one has many, many issues and needs the LSA glued to their side). My 'whinge' is that I have no general TA who can take some of the workload away from me and also act as a general class support. I have 27 children in my class. I currently deal with the displays, the Class Photo book, writing letters to parents, photocopying - everything to do with running the class. This means I work through my breaks and literally wolf down my lunch in 10 mins, as I am setting up the resources for Maths after first break and then Topic after lunch. None of what I do can I ask the other three adults to do - they also work through their first break with their children and then take their break afterwards (another issue, as it means I am on own for the first 15 minutes of maths, so am never able to differentiate input for my Year 1 and 2 class - I just do one followed by the next). There is no time in the day to read 1:1 with my children - I have two parent helpers once a week, so not every child is listened to (although my HT is not seemingly concerned about this, as we teach RWI, so legitimately I do hear the children read, although only my group). There is no TA to be able to give extra support for those children who need it. Although I know I am doing my best for my class, I know how much better it could be if I had a general TA. I guess my dilemma is, do I stay where I am and just make the best of it or do I look for other positions? Do I bring this up as an issue with my HT or just accept what is? (I know that funding will be cited as the issue). PS The other three classes in my school all have a full-time general TA. Opinions please! Thanks.