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Surely this isn't the normal reaction to a TA??

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Rainbowlou1 Mon 08-Feb-16 20:02:17

i work in primary as a TA to a named child however have loads of Input with the whole class too, I have been with the same children through the whole of KS2 and taken the whole class often too either by myself or with a other TA (I know, I know!)
when a teacher leaves the room the kids turn feral!!start chatting, walking about, answering me back etc etc...it's so tiring!
I had a chat with the whole class and asked them why they did this and why they felt this was acceptable and asked them to be honest..
The answers I got were
"You're not a real teacher'
'You're just a helper'
'My mum said I don't need to do what you say because you're not the teacher'
'You probably don't have any qualifications'
'Maybe you should shout louder'

The head has bollocked the class
For their behaviour in the absence of a 'real' teacher many times but they apologise, are good for a day and the whe thing starts again..

I won't be there much longer but is this really the general consensus among parents and children about the TA's in school?? It can't be surely!!

icklekid Mon 08-Feb-16 20:06:18

No in my experience if teacher treats ta as equal children do the same. Whenever I had a ta always felt happier when supply in as knew didn't need to worry about behaviour. Make sure you are involved with behaviour management when teacher is there both positive and negative!

TheTroubleWithAngels Mon 08-Feb-16 20:19:05

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Rainbowlou1 Mon 08-Feb-16 20:38:18

Thank you for your replies...I will be leaving in July when my (lovely!) 1:1 leaves school...I have been offered another position there but my experience has totally put me off and made me look elsewhere!
I think it's so sad that they feel
This is ok? I'd be mortified if my kids behaved like that at school to any memebership of staff

Rainbowlou1 Mon 08-Feb-16 20:39:45

And they do also behave like that for the p.e and Spanish Teachers that come in once a week when the class teacher is out...

Theimpossiblegirl Mon 08-Feb-16 22:26:45

Not all schools are like this. In my school, all adults expect the same respect from the children. We tend not to refer to each other by title but if ever there is an issue, it is reiterated that every adult in the school is there for the children and that the children need to listen to them and show them due respect. We are a very polite and respectful school, but it has taken a few years of hard work to fully establish this as our culture. Obviously we still have our moments, we work with children.

Euphemia Tue 09-Feb-16 06:58:37

There's a class in my school that do this with all staff apart from their class teacher, including the HT!

The class teacher is very strict, and sets high expectations of behaviour. The trouble is she disrespects other staff in front of the children, so guess what the children do?! angry

Rainbowlou1 Tue 09-Feb-16 12:24:36

Euphemia that's awful!x

Geraniumred Wed 10-Feb-16 16:08:54

Depends on the ethos of the school school, really. Lunchtime supervisors tend to have it even harder.

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