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New Report - Using TAs to teach undermines education

Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by edwardlyn, Jun 18, 2011.

  1. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/8539366/Teaching-assistants-fail-to-improve-school-results.html

     

  2. "But unions have claimed that many schools are simply using support staff as
    cheap labour, often leaving them in full charge of lessons.



    A Government-funded report in 2009 found that assistants were used as
    temporary cover in more than 80 per cent of schools.



    One-in-10 state primaries and 40 per cent of secondaries admitted regularly
    turning to support staff to fill in for absent teachers for more than three
    days at a time. Some used assistants for a whole term."

     
  3. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Whilst it worries me that TAs are regularly asked to 'cover' for teachers & so supplies like myself lose out on work. .
    But what about TAs, who are in fact qualified teachhers, who've failed to get a permanent post & run out of time to complete induction & had to take posts as TAs? Or people like myself, who will be faced with working till 66 and know we won't have energy to keep going that long & will be looking at TA posts?
     
  4. Anonymous

    Anonymous New commenter

    I do private tutoring and frequently here about cover supervisors taking maths for 3 to 4 days in a row. That adds up to a lot of lessons without a qualified teacher.

    Won't someone think about the children?
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  5. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    My sister's a TA. The reason she won't become a HLTA is because her Head uses HLTAs for maternity covers. She says why should she stand in for a full time teacher for six months for a pittance when she can earn the same pittance for doing a whole lot less?

    I suspect the news report is more aimed at giving Heads an excuse to save money by getting rid of TAs who accompany kids with Special Needs.
     

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