Supporting role

7th December 2007 at 00:00
It is always encouraging to read a story that raises the profile of support staff in schools ("500,000 on pay warpath", TES, November 30). However, the piece omitted to mention that a new body is being set up to address support staff pay and conditions, where the "increasingly significant and powerful contribution that support staff are making every day" will be recognised and reflected fairly and openly across all schools.

Many schools have embraced the remodelling agenda and are training and deploying support staff well. Research shows that 90 per cent of support staff feel schools support their training and development needs, and two thirds of NQTs felt their training was good in preparing them to work with support staff.

The TDA's role is critical. We are starting to see the impact that a team of well-trained and developed support staff can have, and remain committed to supporting schools to achieve this.

Graham Holley, Chief Executive, Training and Development Agency for Schools, London.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today