Teachers’ burden eased with extra support staff

A
range of proposals to reduce teachers’ workloads have been announced.

The
Government has promised extra support staff and protected time for lesson
preparation.

This
will see thousands of classroom assistants recruited – some of whom will be
allowed to teach lessons.

The
National Union of Teachers has called the proposals ‘hugely disappointing’ and
‘too little, too late’.

However,
the National Association of Head Teachers said the proposals are
‘ground-breaking’ and they could "deliver a better deal for all those
working in schools".

The
extra classroom assistants will take over non-teaching tasks, such as
photocopying, while a new grade of better-trained ‘advanced’ assistants would
take some lessons.

Teachers
will also be given a guaranteed time for marking and lesson preparation – set
at 10 per cent of teaching time.

By Quentin Reade

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