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Teaching Assistants holding education system together.

Teaching Assistants holding education system together.

Under the twin pressure of funding cuts and the recruitment crisis, teaching assistants are even being used to take classes. This is totally unacceptable

There are two dominating themes to all school discussions at the moment: funding and recruitment. Both are at "crisis point".

First, let’s look at funding cuts. We continually get told by the gods that there is more money in the education system than ever before – and yet these same people expect schools to do so much more than just teach. Heads and teachers have to stretch their funding to pick up the pieces of a failing social services system, one that itself struggling with vast funding cuts.

Second, recruitment. Successive governments have ensured that teaching is now well down the list when graduates view the job market...poor pay, low esteem and massive over-work. Figures for new entrants are collapsing and teachers are fleeing the profession in their thousand, just as they reach maturity.

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