GMB WELCOME REPORT FROM EDUCATION ENDOWMENT FOUNDATION THAT SHOWS THAT TEACHING ASSISTANTS DO ADD VALUE IN SCHOOLS
This report confirms that teaching assistants can improve literacy and numeracy skills when they are deployed well says GMB
GMB, the union for school support staff, commented on new research by Education Endowment Foundation which shows that teaching assistants can improve numeracy and literacy when used effectively. See notes to editors for press release and report from Education Endowment Foundation.
Avril Chambers, GMB National Officer for school staff, said “GMB welcome credible evidence that shows what everyone working in education already knows which is that teaching assistants do add value. Teaching assistants perform a vast range of tasks that involve supporting learning and the development of school students, often including working with those students with the most challenging needs.
This report confirms that teaching assistants can improve literacy and numeracy skills when they are deployed well. GMB has always maintained that when teaching assistants are deployed correctly i.e. are given tasks that they have been trained to execute, match their skillsets, and are delivered in an environment where other school staff work collaboratively with them, the positive impact on achievement is high.
GMB has been campaigning for years for teaching assistants’ value to be acknowledged. Our recent petition has tens of thousands of signatures, from parents, teachers and school leaders all whom passionately believe teaching assistants are a vital integral part of the modern education system, rather than a “mums’ army” as Michael Gove so insultingly sees them – based on the back of a couple of out of date, poorly structured pieces of research.
Michael Gove is renowned for his citing research evidence when it suits his agenda. GMB will be making sure he and the DfE can’t ignore this comprehensive study by the respected Education Endowment Foundation. GMB strongly recommend that Mr Gove think again before trying to get rid of Teaching Assistants from the education system.”
Posted: 20th February 2014