Anita is a full-time assistant with responsibility for a special needs group in a 37-pupil class of nine to 11-year-olds who "adore her but respect her totally", writes Angie Butler. "Anita will take over, do the register, comment and support when appropriate. She is discreet, focused, clever, inventive and such a good influence on the most challenging children." Pat Thomas, the head's relief, who takes the class for three and a half days a week, agrees. She says: "Anita is very instinctive. She always knows when to do things without being asked - when to step sideways and when to jump in. She always gets it right."
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