Voice welcomes report on teaching assistants

Date: 07.02.14
Voice has welcomed a report from the Education Endowment Foundation which confirms that teaching assistants can improve literacy and numeracy skills.

 


Voice news release: 7 February 2014 

Voice welcomes report on teaching assistants

Voice: the union for education professionals – which represents teaching assistants, teachers and other members of the education team – has welcomed a report from the Education Endowment Foundation which confirms that teaching assistants can improve literacy and numeracy skills.

General Secretary Deborah Lawson said:

“We have always known that, with their role and purpose clearly defined, and with the appropriate ongoing training and support, TAs can improve literacy and numeracy skills.

“The report Increased expenditure on Associate Staff in schools and changes in student attainment also pointed out that TAs ‘make a significant contribution to the way pupils learn and achieve’. That report, by Dr John Brown and Professor Alma Harris from the Institute of Education, demonstrated that increases in funding for teaching assistants, more than additional expenditure on any other type of support staff, lead to improvements in student results.

“A team approach is needed. Appropriate training and support should be made available so that school leaders and teachers know how best to use and deploy trained teaching assistants to ensure maximum impact in the classroom – supporting pupil learning and achievement whilst freeing teachers to teach. 

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

“The conclusion to be drawn from this report is that the value of teaching assistants is clear, especially at a time when budgets are tight.

“TAs are professionals fulfilling a professional role.

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


Further information

Video interview with Deborah Lawson: “Teaching assistants play a valuable role in our schools”

Report from Education Endowment Foundation (7 February 2014)

Increased expenditure on Associate Staff in schools and changes in student attainment (IOE) (2010)


 

Contacts:

Voice Press Office
Email: pressoffice@voicetheunion.org.uk

General Secretary Deborah Lawson
Email: deborahlawson@voicetheunion.org.uk

Tel: 01332 372337