My sister, who is a TA temporary contract worker in secondary schools, was told patronisingly by another TA in front of a class of children, ‘Oh we don’t mark until the work is finished. Do we children?’. A few days later my sister was told (quite loudly) by the same TA- again in front of the children- not to deal with a child line that. My sister asked the TA if she would mind sharing her advice in a more subtle way, without the tear sevens hearing. The TA simply shrugged, implying that what needs to be said will be said. My sister felt disheartened but moreover, embarrassed. She has since got another contract elsewhere. My question is if a TA is on a contract and they do something contrary to the expectations of a TA, shouldn’t the expectations of the school SEN/ marking/ discipline etc be given to every member of full time/part time/ temporary/ permanent? Is there a legal requirement? If not, then the weak teacher - which there was for these two lessons- is over ridden by the TA then apart from feeling excruciatingly embarrassed in front of 12 year olds, having her ‘errors’ pointed out, how could this situation have been averted?