You can read 19 more articles this month
SCHOOL support staff are vastly undervalued and left out of essential training and development, a teaching union will warn today.
Delegates at the National Education Union’s Association of Teachers & Lecturers section conference in Liverpool will debate a motion that argues that support staff members are “still not being respected as a valued and professional part of the education workforce.”
The motion says that there is a “gross misunderstanding” of the varied and vital roles that support staff undertake within education, leading to misconceptions about the value and professional standing of “this essential and diverse workforce.”
It warns that these misconceptions mean that support staff are often left behind or left out when it comes to training and development, stifling chosen career paths. There is still a perception that support staff are a “mums’ army who do little more than wash paint pots and create displays.”
NEU’s poll of about 1,700 members working as teaching assistants, cover supervisors, administrators and lab technicians found that 78 per cent regularly do overtime each week.
The motion calls on the union to campaign for support staff to have equal access to training and professional development.
- Yesterday shadow education secretary Angela Rayner warned that there is a “crisis in teacher recruitment and retention.”
Of the 141,000 teachers who qualified between 2010 and 2015, over 35,000 have left, with a decline in real-terms pay a potential factor, she said.
Labour’s analysis of official figures shows that the average teacher was about £4,000 worse off in real terms in 2016 compared with 2010.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by joining the 501 club.
Just £5 a month gives you the opportunity to win one of 17 prizes, from £25 to the £501 jackpot.
By becoming a 501 Club member you are helping the Morning Star cover its printing, distribution and staff costs — help keep our paper thriving by joining!
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Printing Press Society.
The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society.
Shares are £1 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder has an equal say. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our paper thriving.
Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals over £100.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by donating to the Fighting Fund.
The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of corporate media. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried.
The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on you, our readers and friends. With a regular donation to our monthly Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and tell truth to power.
Donate today and make a regular contribution.