UNISON launches campaign to save teaching assistants
Delegates at UNISON's 2013 local government conference voted to launch a high profile campaign to protect teaching assistants and to highlight the huge role they play in educating children.
Earlier this year, it was reported that the government in Westminster had asked the teachers review body to look at teachers' contracts with a view to them taking on duties currently performed by teaching assistants. In the last month, a right wing think tank with close links to the government has also called for teaching assistants to be sacked.
UNISON has secured an urgent meeting with Secretary of State Michael Gove over these reports. We will be making clear that the coalition will have a fight on its hands if it makes any serious moves to take teaching assistants out of classrooms. More information can be found on the UNISON website: http://www.unison.org.uk/news/media-centre/unison-launches-campaign-to-save-teaching-assistants