You can’t spell teaching without TA

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A few Fridays ago, audible gasps came from where the teaching assistants and special needs teachers hangout in the staffroom: our special needs coordinator had gone into hospital and wouldn’t be back for months.

Discomfort percolated through our team as a long list of her duties was read through: child-protection issues, vulnerable students, cases of bullying, and health and care plans.

The SEND teacher was the obvious choice to step in, but with her own job too, she needed as much help as she could muster. With a weary sigh, a long-standing TA said: “OK.” She was appointed as deputy Sendco.

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