Dangers of demarcation

2nd October 1998 at 01:00
THE answer to Ivor Sutherland's question (TESS, September 18) must be yes. Teachers can enhance their professionalism if they have responsibility within the classroom for a greater range of resources. This would include classroom assistants.

The danger in drawing up lines of demarcation as opposed to sensible, professional boundaries is that whole-scale changes are sought. If rigid demarcation is maintained teachers' salaries will continue to be depressed, decisions about learning and teaching will be taken elsewhere and, in due course, teachers will cease to be the monopoly supplier.

This need not happen. Teachers would welcome a free hand to manage a support for learning assistant in the classroom covering a full range of duties.

Gordon Jeyes Director of education, Stirling Council

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