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Petition to Nicky Morgan MP

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
38,196 supporters
This petition won 6 months ago

Petition to Cllr Barry Thomas, Leader, Powys County Council

Overturn decision to close Gwernyfed High School

Students at Gwernyfed High School have been producing improving exam results with some going on to Oxbridge and the top Russell Group of Universities. No pupil has left without a qualification in the last 5 years and every student has been supported to achieve their full potential. The school has a site and facilities which are the envy of many others and has consistently managed its finances by running a balanced or surplus budget. As a rural school it has close links with its communities, with many local groups using the building and being involved in the daily life and education at the school. This will all go if Powys County has its way with a “knock on” damaging effect on our communities. The local authority's plan is to amalgamate the school with the high school in Brecon on their site. Currently that school is in special measures and burdened with a massive deficit budget and buildings which are in very poor condition. The overall plan is for a new £20 million plus building to be erected under a new name on the same site which would mean the special measures provision could be wiped out. Deficits can only legally be written off when a school closes, which it will do for 24 hours, so the deficit budget will disappear at a time when the council is savagely cutting its budget. There is no provision for achieving improved governance to ensure this situation does not happen again in the future.We do not want to see Brecon High School close. We want to see it reach a stage when its educational standards and financial management reflect those at Gwernyfed and where it’s students and staff have a decent building in which to work together. This must not be achieved by sacrificing the quality of education received by students at Gwernyfed High School. It has taken many years to achieve those high standards and any new school will take time and hard work to provide the education, in its broadest sense, to which all our young people are entitled. Oh! Yes! The picture above is of Gwernyfed.

jOHN FITZGERALD
1,799 supporters