Classroom Assistants Deserve Better Recognition
7:38am 29th November 2013
A trade union wants more Dorset Schools to recognise and value their teaching assistants.
Hundreds of TA's in Dorset work alongside teachers in the classroom and most are on less than the living wage, according to UNISON.
81% of teaching assistants said in a survey, that their workload had increased over the past year with 1 in 4 revealing they regularly work up to 2 hours per week of unpaid overtime.
Today (Friday 29th November), UNISON is calling on local Schools to get their pupils to pay tribute to their classroom assistants by entering a creative drawing competition.
Dorset pupil Chloë, in Year 10, said: "I have had loads of support from my TA in both my previous schools. I am so much better at maths now and it's been great to have someone help me in my lessons. Having a TA means that I will be able to pass my GCSEs."
Mike Cracknell represents UNISON in Dorset;
"We wanted to do something to put the spotlight on TA's and the classroom assistants to recognise them for the huge contribution they make within schools. Our campaign is to raise their profile in the community by encouraging pupils to let people know how much they mean to them and how much they're appreciated."
To celebrate Schools in Dorset are being asked to to hold a competition to illustrate what their TA means to them through a piece of creative work, poem, drawing, painting, and submit to the Union who'll pick the best ones for prizes.