Could this be a TA takeover bid?

22nd July 2005 at 01:00
The recent announcement by David Bell, chief inspector of schools, reported in The TES (July 8), that Ofsted will use the same criteria when inspecting lessons undertaken by teaching assistants that they use when judging teachers' lessons, poses an interesting challenge.

If, in any school, TA lessons are found to be of low quality, this can lead to a school being placed in special measures. However, if, nationally, TA lessons are found to be generally satisfactory or better, the question must arise why expensive teachers should be used when relatively cheap, unqualified TAs can do the job just as well. Is there a hidden agenda here?

I think that when Ofsted inspects my school, there will be no TA lessons for them to observe!

Richard Greenfield Headteacher St Edmund's school Hertford Road London N9

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


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