Dorset Teaching Assistants, "Underpaid and Undervalued"
8:30am 2nd December 2013
A trade union is campaigning to get teaching assistants in Dorset a batter wage.
Hundreds of TA's work alongside teachers in classrooms across the county and UNISON says MOST of them earn less than the living wage.
In a survey 81% said their workload had increased the past year and they regularly do unpaid overtime.
Speaking to Wessex FM Dorset TA Carolyn welcomed UNISON's campaign and said her and her colleagues just want to be rewarded for doing the job they love;
"We don't do it for the money; we really do it for the love of the children. The satisfaction at the end of the day when you see a child making progress and smiling at the end of a lesson when they've grasped something you've been helping them to learn is an amazing feeling."
"We are underpaid and for a lot of the part we are undervalued, but not by the teachers. I have to say they really value the work that we do and all the teachers I've worked with really value the role TA's play in the classroom."