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News - 3 October 2014

New set of standards for teaching assistants

The government has announced the introduction of a new set of standards for teaching assistants in England's state schools

The review was welcomed by Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers.
"Teaching assistants are important members of the education team and the key work they do in schools and colleges needs to be properly recognised through a framework of professional standards," she said.

Tonmoy Kumar, Manager of the Accounts Department of ABDS and an active school governor comments:
“Last year the right-wing think-tank Reform said teaching assistants were not an effective use of school budgets, with a suggestion that some pupils made less progress when supported by teaching assistants, compared with others of similar ability without support.”

Rob Webster, a research associate at the Institute of Education, said a more in-depth reading of the figures indicated that "properly trained" teaching assistants could be very effective in boosting pupils' attainment. 

Jon Richards from Unison, which represents 150,000 classroom assistants, said they were an "invaluable group of staff".

Labour's shadow education secretary, Tristram Hunt, however, accused the government of undermining and devaluing such staff.

A statement by the Department for Education said: The standards drawn up by the review will aim to "steer the professional development of teaching assistants at all levels" and are "designed to inspire confidence" in these staff

If you need any help and advice with Free Schools, Academy Schools or Charities, contact Lavinia Newman or Peter Ham now to discuss how ABDS can help bring their experience to these matters.

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