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MY blood pressure rose dramatically after reading that research - carried out between 1998 and 2000 - found that assistants do not improve children's learning. Where is the up-to-date evidence?

I have been a fully-qualified teaching assistant for 21 years in the same school. This year I have worked with a group of children who need extra learning support. As their teacher said: "How much progress would these children have made without your input?"

I could say more but I have to plan lessons, write out music for the band, design a programme for our concert, mark numeracy tests and write reports.

Anne M Briggs

7 Grampian Way

Gonerby

Lincolnshire

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