Say no to removal of Teaching Assistants

To: Michael Gove. Sec of State for Education

Say no to removal of Teaching Assistants
of 200,000 signatures
Campaign created by Cherryl Drabble Icon-email

Dear Mr Gove. Please do not slash schools budgets and force the wholesale removal of TAs in school. Teachers, TAs, all stakeholders and the general public feel strongly that this will harm the well being and education of many of our children.

Why is this important?

Michael Gove’s department is considering getting rid of teaching assistants in schools as a cost-cutting method.  The Department for Education are considering getting rid of teaching assistants to save money, regardless of the effect this will have on my students, and students across the country.

Dear Mr Gove

As a teacher, my teaching assistants are the most valuable resource I have. They are unbelievably wonderful, and I couldn’t do my job without them.

My school is SEN (Special Education Needs) and in my class there are 10 children with an ability split from P4 to NC2. Each term we plan a new topic. I have 4 TAs plus myself. At the start of each new term we brain storm our new topic together. We plan all our activities together so that everyone has ownership of the plans and can see the bigger picture and what we are trying to achieve. My TAs are very creative and provide far better ideas than I can think of to keep my behaviour challenged children on task.

Each TA has been specially trained for a certain role according to their talents and interests. And it’s not just in my classroom that these excellent people work. Across the school we have TAs working in all areas. From the 20 TAs who deal with children’s bathroom requirements in a sensitive manner that makes sure no child is ever made to feel uncomfortable or embarrassed, to the very talented TA who, as a gymnast and swimming teacher in her own right was instrumental in helping one of our students to become a Paralympian last year. Hats off to her and her talent! 

Most TAs are actually paid very little money. Many earn around £7 an hour for all their work and their qualifications. Fair enough some earn the princely sum of £9 an hour but its hardly a vast fortune. I don’t know any in my area who earn £17,000 a year as reported in the Daily Mail this month. Therefore they do not do their job for the money. In my school they do it for the special children because they want to improve their lives for them.

So there you have it Mr Gove. I urge you to think again before you embark on this mass removal of TAs. My school cannot run without them and I for one am hugely indebted to them.

For a fuller account of the various TAs at my school, please see my blog post, which had over 60, 000 views in the first 4 days of posting alone.

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Reasons for signing

  • Heather S. 2014-04-13 08:37:43 -0400
    Before I started working as a TA six months ago I had no idea what difference TAs can make to a child's education and what an invaluable support we are to teachers. In my opinion the education system would be unworkable and far poorer without us.
  • Corinne C. 2014-04-08 10:26:56 -0400
    I work as a teaching assistant in a large primary school, which could not run efficiently without my dedicated colleagues. The work is our motivation, certainly not the meagre financial reward. Gove should try swapping, or maybe the offending journalists!
  • Ben A. 2014-04-03 07:58:14 -0400
    My mother is an assistant teacher and I know how invaluable her help is to certain students. OUTRAGE TO STAFF AND STUDENTS!!!!


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