Voice welcomes review of standards for teaching assistants (updated)

Date: 21.11.14
Announcement by DfE of a review of standards for teaching assistants in England.


News release: 3 October 2014 (Updates 28 October and 21 November 2014 below)

Voice welcomes review of professional standards for teaching assistants

Voice: the union for education professionals– which represents education support staff, including TAs, teachers and other education and early years professionals – has welcomed the announcement by the Department for Education (DfE) of a review of professional standards for teaching assistants.

General Secretary Deborah Lawson – who once worked as a teaching assistant – said:

“Voice welcomes this review and looks forward to working with the DfE on the standards.

"Teaching assistants are professionals fulfilling a professional role.

“Research has demonstrated that TAs make a significant and valuable contribution to the way pupils learn and achieve.

“However, TAs need a proper career and salary structure. The Government’s decision (in October 2010) to scrap the School Support Staff Negotiating Body (SSSNB) before it had even got off the ground was a bitter disappointment and an insult to our dedicated school support staff. 

“We hope that this new review will examine this issue. If TAs are to have professional standards, they must be treated as professionals.”

Video interview

"Teaching assistants play a valuable role in our schools(2013) 

Further information

Schools Minister, David Laws has announced a review of professional standards for teaching assistants. 

The review will report back in spring 2015.  It will be conducted by a small expert panel.

Further details.

Call for evidence launched (28 October 2014)

Voice's Official Response (21 November 2014)


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

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

Tel: 01332 372337