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Teaching assistants could lose their jobs under Gove review

Published on April 18, 2013,

In the Times, the coverage of Michael Gove’s letter to the STRB focusses on the possibility of teaching assistant jobs being threatened by any change in teachers’ working practices…

Michael Gove has risked another confrontation with teachers by calling for a major overhaul of working practices.

The Education Secretary has asked a review body to lift a series of restrictions on menial and administrative tasks that teachers can be ordered to perform. Collecting dinner money, photocopying, ordering paper and books and keeping records on pupil absence and other data could all be added to teachers’ tasks under the move.

The most sensitive is a requirement to take lessons on behalf of another teacher who is ill or absent, which currently must happen only “rarely” – forcing heads to hire supply teachers.

The demand by Mr Gove for a review effectively rips up a watershed agreement reached between Labour and public sector unions in 2003, which sought to limit teachers’ workloads. This guaranteed teachers free time for at least 10 per cent of their weekly school timetables for marking, lesson planning and other tasks.

The number of teaching assistants in schools in England rose from 79,000 in 2000 to 220,000 two years ago. This was largely due to the deal in 2003, although some learning assistants help children with special needs. Evidence of their effectiveness is mixed. Most primary classes, and many in secondary schools, now have a teacher plus at least one learning assistant. Many may face redundancy as schools seek to save money.

Teaching assistants are paid much less than teachers: their average pay is equivalent to a full-time salary of £17,000. Their total cost, however, has been estimated at £2 billion a year.

Mr Gove’s call for change, in a letter to the School Teachers’ Review Body yesterday, will provoke fury from many teachers, large numbers of whom already complain of excessive workloads.

More at:  Teaching assistants could lose their jobs under Gove review (subscription required) 

See also from today on this news:

Michael Gove’s letter to the STRB

Ban on teachers’ ‘forbidden tasks’ like putting up displays ‘could be lifted’

Teaching assistants could lose their jobs under Gove review

Teachers to lose ‘absurd’ right to refuse to do basic work like photocopying and stapling

Teachers may have to do more clerical work after review

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119 comments
nowandforever
nowandforever

I'm a TA and certainly don't get £17,000 pro rata. I actually took home £6,400 last year! So pro rata thats probably only £13,000. Where is Gove getting his information from? We get paid peanuts and i'm level 5 qualified!!!

JaPenn56
JaPenn56

@DJTom3 Founder is a good description Tom. You could add Guardian so you are saying you started it & you look after it.

ethinking
ethinking

@JaPenn56 there were no put downs. I was teaching: drawing forth via independent study

ethinking
ethinking

@JaPenn56 @DJTom3 I'm not being grumpy - I was scrupulously polite too. Being wrong isnt easy whatever your age

JaPenn56
JaPenn56

@ethinking @DJTom3 A little less grumpy, Grinch. He's a young lad who's set up and is running a chat to benefit others. If he also benefits

DJTom3
DJTom3

RT “@ethinking: to @DJTom3 if you describe yourself as owning a community, what dos it say about you?” - what are people thoughts on this?

DJTom3
DJTom3

@ethinking What no it isn't im just mention that I setup that's all, I don't see how it matters to be honest!!!

ethinking
ethinking

@DJTom3 others are similarly making a name for themselves - your model is based on other egomaniacs

DJTom3
DJTom3

@ethinking I don't think it means im selfish. it just means I setup it up. others have said the same thing along the same lines

ethinking
ethinking

@DJTom3 if you describe yourself as owning a community, what dos it say about you?

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