Friday, October 17, 2014

New Set of Standards for Teaching Assistants

New measures to be set for Teaching Assistants in England

Ever a strong supporter of good, solid teaching assistants in England's state schools, I was quite curious when I came across this article by Judith Burns from the BBC, outlining clear measures that will "make the most of their skills and expertise." I found this announcement very welcoming. As Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, who is quoted in the article, put it herself, "Teaching assistants are important members of the education team and the key work they do in schools and colleges need to be properly recognised through a framework of professional standards."

Most of our teaching assistants at Classroom work daily with special needs students, and the BBC piece retirates the importance of support staff who work directly with children with disabilities and learning difficulties, even teaching small groups of children. The article also touches on a belief I firmly have of teaching assistans in London schools: They push students to reach their full potential, raising the standards in the classroom on a daily basis. Jon Richards from Unison states it best when he says, "When deployed properly, teaching assistants have a positive impact on children's education."

If anything, these new measures will only add value to the hard working teaching assistants throughout London and all of England, in addition to giving them more confidence in their positions.

If you are interested in making your own difference in the classroom as a teaching assistant, please don't hesitate to contact us at, and we would be more than happy to discuss your options with you!

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