Unison, the public sector trade union, has accused the government of short-term thinking after learning the teaching assistants’ training fund has been scrapped.
According to a letter from the Training Development Agency (TDA), the budget for higher-level teaching assistants has been cancelled for the 2010-11 school year.
Unison’s head of education, Christina McAnea, said: “There is a clear need for more teaching assistants to be trained to a higher level.”
A recent Unison survey found teaching assistants are often called on to cover for absent teachers, despite lacking the appropriate training or qualifications.
McAnea said: “By cutting 100% of the funds available for training teaching assistants, the government will only make matters worse.”