Why pound;8,000 per year is insulting

6th May 2005 at 01:00
I am writing in response to the article on a proposed national pay scale for support staff ("Surprise move on support pay", TES, April 1).

The statement by Ruth Kelly, Education Secretary, which details how staff who take on more responsibility should be rewarded, highlights an issue that has been overlooked for some time. The move to ensure teaching assistants are rewarded properly will be warmly welcomed.

Expecting someone doing such an invaluable job to live on as little as Pounds 8,000 is absurd and is really an insult to their position. At the Teaching Awards Trust we believe that teaching assistants' commitment and dedication deserve recognition.

Since 1999, the Teaching Awards have honoured the contribution of teaching assistants by celebrating nominees in the category of the Award for Teaching Assistant of the Year. Year on year the nominations for this category have increased, reflecting how much support staff are valued by colleagues, parents and pupils.

David Hanson Chief executive Teaching Awards Trust 4th Floor, 6 Middle Street London EC1

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