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Petition to Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, Tim Roache

Every school-based Support Staff, Deserves 52 weeks pay and they are GIVEN RECOGNITIONS they Deserve. Pay your school-based Support Staff/Teaching Assistants they don't get paid enough.

Oh no not another topic on school-based Support Staff, seems like a very hot topic in Schools locally and nationally. (Teachers always appreciates support from TA's) A recent publication from the EEF outlines the most effective methods of deploying teaching assistants, there is research being conducted into their best utilisation, and the national occupational standards are being reviewed. https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/news/teaching-assistants-should-not-be-substitute-teachers-but-can-make-a-real-d/   Our school-based Support Staff, are not a “mums army” but education’s hidden professionals and are a vital integral part of our education system and should be recognised and paid what they Deserve. Tories and their fan club have sought to undermine the work of school-based Support Staff, for the last decade. Along with the evidence though is clear, where school support staffs are deployed correctly, they play a major positive role in improving educational outcomes. Today classroom support staffs are vital to the modern school environment and in meeting the educational and wider needs of today's school children. All school-based Support Staff,  are not a “mum’s army” as Michael Gove so insultingly calling them. They are education’s hidden professionals and are a vital integral part of our education system and should be recognised and paid what they deserve for 52-week pay.  The first thing Gove did was to abolish the school support staff negotiating body, having the audacity to call it a QUANGO. This malicious act denied nearly half a million, mainly female, hard working people the simple right to a national framework for their jobs, career structure and pay. Now they are listening to and quoting their fan club’s mantra. Apparently, according to them, you do not add value to Educational Outcomes. In fact, you can actually have a negative impact on pupils’ results, despite all the credible research and reports in the public domain. For example the one by the Institute of Education that showed that the more school-based Support Staff, has the better results its students achieve. Oh, no he won’t pay attention to that–that would cost him money, not save him money. He must understand we are teaching and supporting our children. Yes, you are Education’s Hidden Professionals. You are a vital, integral part of our education system, and you deserve to be recognised as such. Even the Government’s own inspectors (OFSTED) have identified and highlighted the professionalism of support staff in our schools and the positive difference you make to our children’s education. We want to raise standards of teaching and learning by ensuring learning support workers are appropriately qualified and skilled. The evidence though is clear, where school support staffs are deployed correctly; they play a major positive role in improving educational outcomes. Classroom support staffs are vital to the modern school environment and in meeting the educational and wider needs of today's school children. Ensure that support staff receives fair and consistent pay and conditions appropriate to the overall role and responsibilities they undertake. Add your support so every school-based Support Staff, get the professional recognition they deserve. Picture from http://www.tafocus.co.uk 

Pushpa Makwana
39,303 supporters
Started 3 days ago

Petition to Oxford University Press, Michael Gove, VIneeta Gupta

Nature related words should be reinstated in the Junior Oxford English Dictionary.

By removing many words to do with nature from the Oxford Junior Dictionary, Children will, rather than caring for the earth and everything on it will be more insular and lead less healthy lives. This is alarming at a time when there are more and more species approaching extinction and more and more children suffering from mental illness and obesity.  Some of the replacement words are also questionable choices. For example Blog must surely easier to spell and discover the meaning of than say hedgehog or cygnet.  A group of authors have written to OUP and point out "“When, in 2007, the OJD made the changes, this connection was understood, but less well publicised than now. The research evidence showing the links between natural play and wellbeing; and between disconnection from nature and social ills, is mounting.” They also said, “There is a shocking, proven connection between the decline in natural play and the decline in children’s wellbeing,”   Research reveals that a generation ago, 40% of children regularly played in natural areas, compared to 10% today, with a further 40% never playing outdoors. “Obesity, anti-social behaviour, friendlessness and fear are the known consequences,” they say. This petition echos their request to the Publishers: “that a deliberate and publicised decision to restore some of the most important nature words would be a tremendous cultural signal and message of support for natural childhood”, and ask it to “take that opportunity, and if necessary, bring forward the next edition of the OJD in order to do so”.  

Terry Jackson
93 supporters