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'Just' a TA

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birdling Tue 17-Jan-17 18:46:05

I've read several threads today where TA's are describing themselves as 'just' a TA. You are never, ever 'just' a TA. You are incredibly hardworking, flexible and invaluable members of the classroom team and I couldn't do it without you all. You all deserve a massive payrise flowers

leccybill Wed 18-Jan-17 10:59:28

Totally agree. I'm a teacher, looking to quit to become a TA. But the pay is absolutely shocking and the job is so, so valuable.

Helbelle75 Wed 18-Jan-17 11:19:24

Absolutely agree. Another teacher here and couldn't do it without the amazing support from TAs.

birdling Wed 18-Jan-17 17:51:15

As a supply teacher, they are an amazing source of info about the children and help you pitch the teaching and support as soon as you go in.

NaturalBlondeYeahRight Wed 18-Jan-17 18:02:48

I'm a TA and I've never met a teacher that didn't appreciate us. SLT not so much.... Constantly point out how reports prove TA's don't add much value.

Doraemon Wed 18-Jan-17 18:40:09

Thank you :-)

Blossomdeary Wed 18-Jan-17 18:45:10

I am governor at a tiny rural school with mixed age classes. Without the TAs it could not achieve all that it does. I know about the research that keeps saying that TAs do not add value - we all ignore it. We know what is happening in the classroom and how invaluable they are.

einalem1984 Thu 09-Feb-17 22:22:12

Well said! smile

TAs are my heroes flowers

echt Fri 10-Feb-17 08:04:43

I would imagine all those who leap on the research that say TAs don't add value also like the research that says smaller class sizes do the same.

I know the research that debunks the anti-small classes research, but haven't seen any about TAs.

What I do see, on an anecdotal level, based on 38 years of teaching is that I trust the teachers and what they say goes on their classrooms

< I'm looking at you John Hattie, with your fucked up research models>

AVeryBigHouse Fri 10-Feb-17 08:06:23

You do an absolutely awesome job and we absolutely couldn't do our job without you flowers.

Brokenbiscuit Fri 10-Feb-17 08:12:14

My dd has left primary school now, but she still harks back every now and then to the small group sessions that she used to have with one of the TAs for extension-type work. I think she would rank those sessions as being among her best learning experiences ever!

marthastew Fri 10-Feb-17 08:16:07

I'm a parent of a child of a child with SEN. The TAs in our school do an amazing job. They make all the difference for my son to feel secure at school.

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