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Teaching assistants play a vital role in the education of children and should be protected from the Coalition Government’s axe-wielding policies, the NASUWT told the TUC Congress in Bournemouth.
The Secretary of State risks damaging the education of children and young people by depriving pupils and teachers of the invaluable support teaching assistants provide, said the NASUWT, seconding a GMB motion on attacks on teaching assistants.
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union, said:
“Teaching assistants and other support staff are an integral part of the school workforce.
“Instead of celebrating their work, the Secretary of State shamefully sought to diminish their role and importance.
Senior Vice-President of the NASUWT, Geoff Branner, addressing the motion, said:
“Teachers and support staff are the critical team around the child working to ensure all pupils achieve their full potential.
“Teaching assistants and other school support staff are vital for the education of children with educational, social, behavioural and physical needs. They are qualified professionals in their own right and deserve Government’s respect and support.”