I havent read all of the threads on here, but have laughed, nodded and then tutted my way through a few pages! I work in a primary school where the majority of TA's are hard working, loyal and professional individuals. I work a 32-35 hour week, non stop from 8:15 up until 4pm. During that time I am doing a variety of jobs such as running interventions, supporting in class, admin, covering classes, supporting behaviour issues, praising and prompting alongside many other things. I run Numicon, Springboard, EAL intervention, Speech & Language, Freshstart, phonics catch up, PC maths groups, Handwriting, Talking Partners & Priority Readers. I have to plan, prepare and mark for each of these as well as double running some of them for more than one group. I get 45 minutes a week for PPA but the majority of the time there is something 'going on', so I have to do it in my own time. I try and help the two main teachers I work with when and where I can, as I can see how overworked and bogged down they are and how little time they have for the amount of work they are required to do. I help out regularly at evening discos, weekend fairs, day trips and lunchtimes when needed and do 1:1 at morning break I only get a 30 minute break all day (unpaid) And what do I get paid for all of this - a measly £11,000 after tax. But at the end of the day I LOVE THE CHILDREN! hence why I work so hard for such pittance I then go home at the end of the day to start my 2nd job - MUM!