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Teaching assistants in class

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jellybeans001 Fri 04-Apr-14 23:00:44

Is it except able for a teaching assistant to run a class long term

jellybeans001 Fri 04-Apr-14 23:01:25

With no teacher at all present

jellybeans001 Fri 04-Apr-14 23:01:56

Just two teaching assistants

AlpacaLypse Fri 04-Apr-14 23:03:19

I assume you mean acceptable?

Is there a supply teacher actually coming in too?

At least a TA can give the children a certain amount of continuity.

AlpacaLypse Fri 04-Apr-14 23:04:30


Prima facie, no.

Is your own child directly affected and have you spoken to Head/Governors?

mineofuselessinformation Fri 04-Apr-14 23:05:02

Teachers have an allocated amount of preparation time. It is not uncommon for a TA to deliver a lesson prepared by the class teacher.

julybutterfly Fri 04-Apr-14 23:16:50

An HLTA can deliver a lesson. A TA should not be delivering a lesson

jellybeans001 Fri 04-Apr-14 23:25:50

Two teaching assistants one teaching assistant from the other class as teacher went sick and did not come back he was a supply teacher and actual teacher went on maternity leave

jellybeans001 Fri 04-Apr-14 23:27:41

Been teaching class since February she was a t a in other class room but moved to teach our class

jellybeans001 Fri 04-Apr-14 23:28:52

Class teacher on maternity leave and supply went sick and didn't come back

vestandknickers Fri 04-Apr-14 23:29:41

Not acceptable. No.

jellybeans001 Fri 04-Apr-14 23:37:08

I'm leaving the school and my child is starting at a better school after easter

ouryve Fri 04-Apr-14 23:38:26

Fine for a good TA for an odd afternoon, with younger kids.

Not acceptable at all long term.

AlpacaLypse Fri 04-Apr-14 23:39:32

sad for the children left behind.

jellybeans001 Fri 04-Apr-14 23:39:38

Yes my child is being affected but no one seems to care but likely found an outstanding school with outstanding teaching had an ofsted in march 2014 and they had a glowing report just felt old school let my son down and wanted to ask what you wonderful parents thought

jellybeans001 Fri 04-Apr-14 23:40:44

Lucky I mean

ExcuseTypos Fri 04-Apr-14 23:42:00

Is that actually legal, long term?

jellybeans001 Fri 04-Apr-14 23:47:15

I don't know but I'm happy I've left just wish I'd found that outstanding school before because now my little angel has to settle again. He's in reception.

RussianBlu Sat 05-Apr-14 01:00:18

What impact did it have on your son exactly? I think moving him to a new school was somewhat extreme. Even if the school is 'outstanding' (wont get started on my views on OFSTED). Surely the school must have sent letters out about the situation.

Bumbolina Sat 05-Apr-14 01:08:53

Some TAs are qualified teachers who want a part time stress free job for a while. Could it be this TA is actually more than qualified to cover you just don't realise it because you've only ever known them in a TA capacity?

jellybeans001 Sat 05-Apr-14 02:12:57

Well she wasn't the only face I've seen since January people in my child's class kept changing one week one Suppose to be teacher next week different face. Have had at least 3 to four different teachers since January and t a in the class has changed to so no I don't think it's extreme russianblu as I think children deserve to have a stable teacher and teaching assistant. Teaching assistant that was in the class broke her hand in January. My child deserves better than that and when I went to a meeting with t a she looked lost and had no idea where my child was at with phonics and generally looked at me for answers. My child was hit the other day t a could not tell me what happened as it happened at lunch time and told me the wrong thing and my son told me something else. It was my son who told me he had been hit not the t a she had completely forgotton and when I spoke to her looked in her book and said oh yes but didn't know what happened

jellybeans001 Sat 05-Apr-14 02:16:38

Complete disorganisation and very unstablising for all the children

jellybeans001 Sat 05-Apr-14 02:19:18

What exactly are you russianblu are you a teacher or just a parent

jellybeans001 Sat 05-Apr-14 02:23:37

Their is a lot more to this that i have not said so don't just judge on what I have said as their are others things that have upset me. I expect a high level of commitment to the children in the class by providing them with a qualified teacher and least for the teacher to know the childrens levels

TheGruffalo2 Sat 05-Apr-14 08:35:56

We can only respond (judge, to use your words) on what you have posted. I can tell by you feel very strongly about this from your early morning posts, but there may be many justifiable reasons for the TA in class and the different faces. Teachers have a legal right to time out of the classroom; they have weekly PPA, they may have a management responsibility or a training course on top of that, they may be ill or have a hospital appointment. This has nothing to do with their commitment your child. The other different faces you are concerned about may have been needed to cover the class in staff absence. The poor TA can't avoid treatment and maybe time off for a broken hand, if the injury prevents her doing her job effectively enough may another face is someone brought in to assist her. Whatever the circumstances it is unreasonable to expect the same teacher and TA all the time and you are unaware (or have not posted) the reasons for the vary staff. Are you aware some schools don't have TAs it is just a single class teacher, so additional adults is actually a bonus. The TA looking lost about your child's phonics may well be that she doesn't teach his group; if you want this information it should be the class teacher you arrange a meeting with. My TAs know a lot about the group they support, but I am the one who undertakes the assessment and I rotate around so that I teach each group regularly; the teaching assistants work under my direction at all times, so I should be the one meeting with parents to discuss levels, not them.

You do have a right to be concerned that your child was hit. Is this really the crux of your concern? If so address this more thoroughly with the teacher.

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