The below article from The Times Educational Supplement (TES) discusses the role that the Teaching Assistant plays in the classroom in 2017. TAs are being asked to go above and beyond their job title and training, taking on responsibilities of fully trained teachers due to budget cuts.
‘A survey by ATL in February found a high proportion of support staff are doing lesson cover on top of their existing demands’
‘No-one wants TA redundancies any more than teacher redundancies, But survey after survey suggests layoffs are high in the minds of school leaders. In some schools, this grim reality has already set in’
Rob Webster’s piece, published May 23rd 2017, discusses how TA cuts and overworking affects schools, pupils and the TAs themselves.