Teaching assistants play a valuable role in our schools (updated)

26 Feb


Video interview with General Secretary Deborah Lawson about teaching assistants (November 2013)

“Teaching assistants are professionals fulfilling a professional role.”

“Research has demonstrated that increasing the number of teaching assistants in schools can improve student attainment.” 

“TAs do make a significant contribution to the way pupils learn and achieve.”

“Parents and head teachers value the individual attention that teaching assistants give to children. 

“Voice also values its teaching assistant members and will continue to support them and their valuable role.”

Update: 26 February 2016

New report on TAs from EEF

Update: 1 February 2016

“Setting standards for your TAs”: Your Voice, January 2016

Update: 11 November 2015

“Sending the wrong signal to teaching assistants”: SecEd, 11 November 2015

Update: 16 October 2015

Voice’s “furious” reaction to decision not to publish TA standards


Update: 12 March 2015

Commitment to set up and implement a national pay and conditions structure for all school support staff” (Voice’s Election Manifesto).  

Update: 27 February 2015

Education Endowment Foundation: Unlocking the potential of teaching assistants

EEF: TA Poster

Update: 3 October 2014 / 28 October 2014

Voice welcomes review of professional standards for teaching assistants (3 October 2014)

Call for evidence launched (28 October 2014)


Further information:

Contact Voice 

“Teaching assistants can improve literacy and numeracy skills when they are deployed well”: Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) (7 February 2014)    Voice welcomes report on teaching assistants

Increased expenditure on Associate Staff in schools and changes in student attainment (IOE, 2011)

“‘There are no plans to cut teaching assistants’ insists education minister Liz Truss” (TES, 19 March 2014)

Tag: Teaching assistants




28 November 2013

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29 Responses to “Teaching assistants play a valuable role in our schools (updated)”

  1. Richard Fraser 29. Nov, 2013 at 10:52 am #

    Twitter: @BoltonCollegeTA: ‘”@Voicetheunion: Teaching assistants’ valuable role in our #schools blog.voicetheunion.org.uk/?p=9022 #LoveTAs #education #TAs” So so true!’

  2. Richard Fraser 23. Dec, 2013 at 11:42 am #

    TES: “Teaching assistants can be overlooked, but used in the right way they can be invaluable in your crusade against bad behaviour”: http://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storycode=6386137

  3. Richard Fraser 09. Jan, 2014 at 10:58 am #

    Guardian Teacher Network: “2014: the year of the teaching assistant?”: http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/teacher-blog/2014/jan/08/education-2014-teaching-assistant-school-support-staff

  4. Richard Fraser 10. Feb, 2014 at 12:50 pm #

    Teaching assistants improve children’s attainment, says new research (Deborah Lawson comments)

  5. Richard Fraser 21. Feb, 2014 at 9:50 am #

    ‘Assistance for assistants’: Letter from Deborah Lawson about teaching assistants in TES

  6. Deborah Lawson, General Secretary 19. Mar, 2014 at 3:54 pm #

    “The assurance that the government values teaching assistants and has no plan to remove them is very reassuring to the whole education workforce.”

  7. Richard Fraser 25. Nov, 2014 at 1:04 pm #

    Voice Official Response 2096: Consultation on Developing a Set of Standards for Teaching Assistants
    Voice’s response to DfE’s call for evidence

  8. Richard Fraser 17. Apr, 2015 at 10:01 am #

    TES: “Why our support staff need superstar status” https://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storycode=11006985

    • Richard Fraser 24. Apr, 2015 at 10:03 am #

      “It’s time we built up support staff’s pay” General Secretary’s letter in TES today:

      Penultimate paragraph that was edited out: “Support staff carry out a vital role. However, previous attempts to establish a national pay and conditions structure have not been a priority for successive governments, leaving the pay and conditions of staff at the mercy of market forces and affordability, rather than a true reflection of the worth and value of their qualifications, knowledge, experience and skills.”

  9. Richard Fraser 16. Oct, 2015 at 12:19 pm #

    Comment from Schools Week: http://schoolsweek.co.uk/editors-comment/

  10. Richard Fraser 20. Nov, 2015 at 11:01 am #

    In TES today: “We’ve got an army of TAs to deploy on the front line” by Alex Quigley

  11. Richard Fraser 16. Dec, 2015 at 10:19 am #

    “Teaching Assistants should go to Heaven first” http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=4c7062fcc595743466b2a37c2&id=90077ca07b

  12. Richard Fraser 29. Jul, 2016 at 10:19 am #

    The inequalities of ‘Equal Pay’ reviews

  13. Richard Fraser 14. Sep, 2016 at 9:46 am #

    BBC Radio 4 Today 0840
    How important are teaching assistants in the classroom? Sir Kevan Collins, Chief Executive of the Education Endowment Foundation, and Ros McMullen, who spent 15 years as a head teacher and in school leadership.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07v0h78 02:48:30

  14. Richard Fraser 25. Nov, 2016 at 11:06 am #

    In TES: Rob Webster interview
    The researcher and former teaching assistant explains to Jessica Powell how schools can maximise the potential of their TA workforce

  15. Richard Fraser 03. Mar, 2017 at 9:31 am #

    “Stop treating TAs as second-class citizens”: TES letters, 3 March 2017

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