Teaching assistants, school administrators and other support staff are having to work overtime to cope with the increasing workload as schools cut staffing to cope with budget cuts, according to a National Education Union survey released today by the ATL section of the union at its annual conference in Liverpool.
Commenting on the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) study, published today (20 March), showing that teachers work the longest hours, Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said:
Teaching assistants, school librarians and lab technicians are facing a soaring workload as staff are cut and they are increasingly being expected to teach, according to a National Education Union (NEU) survey of over 1,700 support staff members.
We are pleased the Government is finally beginning to recognise the teacher shortage crisis, but it will be seen in classrooms round the country whether today’s announcement makes any practical difference, says Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union.
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Funding for a pilot scheme aimed at cutting bureaucracy for school leaders has been welcomed by the National Education Union Cymru.