Hard done-by TAs need support and development rather than undermining

18th September 2009 at 01:00

Which brain donor sanctioned such a divisive, misleading, discouraging and downright wrong headline? For this to appear in staffrooms across the country at the start of an academic year must be dispiriting, to say the least, to an over-worked, highly committed and seriously underpaid workforce.

I agree that the most difficult children are usually given to the least trained and most junior staff. My experience, however, is that these potentially disruptive souls make incredible progress owing to the hard work of very dedicated teaching assistants.

Of course, these young people would be better off with a trained professional to teach them. Yes, there is no substitute for a good teacher.

I would love to have a trained teacher instead of each and every one of my excellent TAs. But who is going to fund a fairly well-paid teacher to work one-to-one with so many children?

  • Joe McSorley, Headteacher, CEVC Primary School, Suffolk.

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