Hey gang, I hope you're all doing well! I guess I'm posting this thread to ask about how many of you are worrying about your futures as TA's? I guess what's brought me to this is a discussion I had at work the other day. My line manager told me I should speak to the headteacher ASAP about the budget this next school year, cause it's looking VERY sketchy about whether or not I'll have a job next year. In the last 3 years at my current school, which I absolutely adore, I've been on 1:1 contracts, but working as a general TA in class. The child I work with at the moment is leaving in July, which means my contract is effectively up. I'd absolutely LOVE to continue working at this school, but I'm concerned that there just isn't going to be the money there for me. Now, I guess I'm a little upset over knowing I certainly wasn't the last one employed, there have been 2 people hired after me, but I know they haven't had this discussion. Maybe their teachers are just trying to hide the inevitability from them? Maybe we're ALL going to be out of jobs? I just think it'd be a bit unfair if I lost my job due to lack of money, but they were still employed. I don't know how much of a "Last in first out" mentality UK primary schools have though. Don't get me wrong. I think I could find another job pretty successfully. I'm in a minority demographic in UK Primary schools ( A young man who wants to work with KS1, with over ten years experience, so I think I'd be pretty employable. But I'm wondering if it's even worth bothering? It seems like this profession is super hated by the government. I know they're trying to force everyone into academies so they can almost entirely eliminate TA's across the country, and I'm deeply considering retraining to something else. I have absolutely LOVED working as a TA, it's been my life's work so far. But with all the uncertainty surrounding it, is it worth carrying on? I have my own place, and my own bills to pay for now, and I can't face that job insecurity in my 30's. What do you guys think? Are we a dying breed? Should we retrain before we're too old? Do the Government really hate TA's?