Your article made out that classroom assistants spend the day cutting and sticking, making pictures and books and sharpening pencils. Get real! Why didn't you interview assistants from a busy secondary? People who are able to understand and differentiate work from across the curriculum and can switch from GCSE maths to English, or Year 11 science to Year 9 history.
Headteacher Mike Kent was offensively patronising when he flippantly commented that: "To a certain extent, teaching assistants are dogsbodies in the nicest possible way." Is Mr Kent so insensitive that he cannot see how demeaning his comments are?
Sharon McDonnell Rose Cottage, 3 Staveley Road Sutton-Cum-Duckmanton Chesterfield, Derbyshire