Dogsbodies? I'd say qualified pros
Your article made out that classroom assistants spend the day cutting and sticking, making pictures and books and sharpening pencils. Get real! Why didn't you interview assistants from a busy secondary? People who are able to understand and differentiate work from across the curriculum and can switch from GCSE maths to English, or Year 11 science to Year 9 history.
Headteacher Mike Kent was offensively patronising when he flippantly commented that: "To a certain extent, teaching assistants are dogsbodies in the nicest possible way." Is Mr Kent so insensitive that he cannot see how demeaning his comments are?
Sharon McDonnell Rose Cottage, 3 Staveley Road Sutton-Cum-Duckmanton Chesterfield, Derbyshire