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Assistants 'deserve pound;25,000

(Photograph) - CLASSROOM assistants like Lesley Pinner, of Monkspath primary, Solihull, could be the key to drastic cuts in teacher workloads.

Teachers' unions say they should not be a cheap replacement for teachers. Employers argue that the best classroom assistants should earn pound;25,000 a year. But new research suggests that teachers may be too proud or shy to delegate work to them. Photograph by Stephen Pond

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