Hi All Through my work as a union rep in schools I am disappointed and angry to find that the SLTs in many many school are breaching the Workforce Agreement by expecting the teaching assistants to do work that is not covered in their job descriptions. The workforce agreement says that 'teachers and teaching assistants are not interchangeable' and that level 4 and HLTA status teaching assistants should cover teachers only 'short term for whole classses' . This does not mean being timetabled week in and week out to cover lessons. A teacher should always be assigned to the class. The Level 4 and HLTA status TA should only cover short terms absence or PPA time. TAs at lower grades should not plan or deliver lessons as that is 'specified work' under the agreement. Why should schools get teachers on the cheap? Check your job descriptipons. Also Cover supervisors should only supervise pupils carrying out work set by the teacher. They should not deliver a new concept to the class only reinforce one that they have already been taught by answering general questions. Please don't allow yourselves to be taken advantage of.