Today is National Teaching Assistants’ Day, a time to celebrate the hard-work and commitment these “angels”, put into the education sector and children across the UK.
While not qualified teachers, Teaching Assistants (TAs) play a vital part in the workings of an institution. On paper these men and women are there to support children’s learning and the main class teacher. In reality, this isn’t the case.
A recent survey of more than 4,500 TAs by the public service union, Unison, revealed more than a fifth (22 per cent) had bought children uniforms, and a similar number (23 per cent) PE kits, while 20 per cent have helped pupils with lunch money.
Also, nearly one in five had provided cash so that a child could go on school trip. These people aren’t just teaching assistants - they are dedicated individuals who give their all to their job and the children they assist. Teaching kindness and compassion to future generations.
Therefore, it was shocking to hear the reports in The Guardian at the end of August, where a leaked government report revealed they wanted to publicly express concerns about the rising number of TAs. It also set out government’s commitment to more effective deployment of TAs being integral to more efficient use of school spend.
There’s no shortage on research into the impact TAs have on students at any stage of their education. They encourage learning and development without a doubt. So this National Teaching Assistants' Day, let’s join together and celebrate the role and their importance to schools nationwide.
If you are looking to recruit, or even become, a teaching assistant. This week we have some fantastic discounts and jobs available. Contact your nearest Reed Education branch to find out more.