Voice’s “furious” reaction to decision not to publish TA standards

Date: 16.10.15
Voice has given a “furious” reaction to a decision by ministers not to publish the draft standards for teaching assistants.

16 October 2015 

Voice’s “furious” reaction to decision not to publish TA standards

Voice: the union for education professionals – which represents teaching assistants and other education support staff – has given a “furious” reaction to a decision by ministers not to publish the draft standards for teaching assistants.  

General Secretary Deborah Lawson said:

“I am furious about this decision. 

“The message this gives is alarming. It is treating teaching assistants as second class citizens by denying them the professional recognition that they deserve and need. 

“They are an established part of the education workforce and deserve to be recognised as such. 

“The failure to publish is also a waste of public money and a waste of all the time and effort that so many have invested in the review. 

“The thousands of TAs eagerly awaiting the outcome of this review will be bitterly disappointed. 

“The way in which TAs are deployed and used in schools to contribute to pupil outcomes has improved in recent years. Research has demonstrated that increasing the number of teaching assistants in schools can improve student attainment. 

TAs do make a significant contribution to the way pupils learn and achieve.”

“Hard-pressed school leaders would appreciate updated guidance which would support them when employing and developing TAs to meet the changing needs of their schools.”   

In its Election Manifesto”, Voice called for a “Commitment to set up and implement a national pay and conditions structure for all school support staff”. 


Further information

Voice welcomes review of professional standards for teaching assistants (3 October 2014)

Voice's Official Response (21 November 2014) 

The draft standards, as drawn up by the expert panel in February, have been published by Schools Week.


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Contacts:

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

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

Tel: 01332 372337