News: Review of Standards for Teaching Assistants Launched

A review into the quality of Teaching Assistants in England has been launched aiming to replace the current set of standards with a clearer and more concise version which reflects the diversity of the existing schools system.

The review panel will aim to draw up standards which:

  • are unequivocal, clear and easy to understand
  • can be used to assess the performance of teaching assistants
  • steer the professional development of teaching assistants at all levels
  • are designed to inspire confidence in teaching assistants and ensure that schools use their skills and expertise to best effect
  • focus primarily on the key elements of their professional relationship with teachers to ensure that all pupils attain the highest possible standards

Kate Dethridge, Principal of Churchend Primary Academy, Reading, has been appointed to chair the review. She will be supported by a panel of experts with a diverse range of expertise.

Mrs Dethridge is a serving member of the Department for Education’s Bureaucracy Reference Group, and a national leader of education.

Schools Minister David Laws said:

Good teaching assistants are essential to driving up standards in the classroom and helping students fulfil their full potential.

Kate Dethridge and the expert panel supporting her will bring a wealth of experience to this review, which will help to ensure the continuing improvement of school standards under this government.

Kate Dethridge added:

I welcome this opportunity to work with colleagues to write a set of standards to raise the status and professionalism of teaching assistants across our schools. We hope to ensure that the development of these standards will make a significant contribution to a self-improving, school-led system.

The review is expected to report back to the Secretary of State for Education in spring 2015 (before the UK general election).

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