Barbara recently met teaching assistants from James Brindley Community Primary School to celebrate the importance of their work in the education and welfare of children. They met as part of a national celebration day to raise recognition of the important role played by over 350,000 teaching assistants in the UK, including 44,300 in the North West.
The former Labour Government introduced teaching assistants in order to ease pressure on teachers and allow them more time to prepare for lessons and mark work. The role of teaching assistants varies from pastoral support of children, administrative and teaching duties.
“It was great to meet the teaching assistants at James Brindley, whom I know do a great job in the education of children at the school. It is important that teaching assistants are valued for their varied role in schools.
“In a survey by Unison, 95% of school leaders think that teaching assistants add value to their schools and I agree with them. I am committed to speaking up for teaching assistants and the difference they make to the education and support of young people in schools.”
Barbara meeting teaching assistants at James Brindley Community Primary School