Classroom assistants are playing a greater role

26th May 2000 at 01:00
Classroom assistants are playing a greater role than ever in school life, according to the latest survey of trends in primary education. Two-thirds of primary head-teachers told the National Foundation for Education Research that use of classroom and welfare assistants was on the rise.

Almost half reported an increased use of administrative staff - "a significant reallocation of school budgets," NFER researchers Rachel Felgate and Lesley Kendall said.

Three-quarters said they would hire more non-teaching staff, if they had the money. Governors are also taking an increased interest in the hiring of non-teaching staf.

Budgets continue to be primary heads' biggest concern, the NFER's sixth annual survey found, but the proportion fell to 61 per cent from a high of 75 per cent in 1996.

Curriculum change continues to concern 46 per cent of heads (down from 58 per cent last year). The proportion of heads worried about inspection is the same as last year (32 per cent). But the number concerned about the state of school buildings has almost doubled (30 per cent) since 1997.

Annual survey of trends in education, Digest no. 8, spring 2000, available from the communications unit, NFER, on 01753 574123

FE focus, I


Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now