School Support Staff deserve our support

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2014 Local Government Service Group Conference
19 February 2014
Carried as Amended

Conference we acknowledge the success of the national celebration of teaching and classroom assistants, held on 29 November 2013.

The day of celebration promoted the work teaching assistants (TAs) and classroom assistants do and the incalculable benefits they bring to pupils across the country. It is a glowing recognition of the high esteem that TAs are held in by teachers, parents and the students they support.

The messages of support that were received on that day, tell us time and time again what a huge difference TAs make in schools. However, the vital contribution they make is often not understood or recognised.

Conference whilst we continue to celebrate the hard work that TA’s and classroom assistants make in school, our other support staff in school are also vital to the effective running of the school.

Without the school cooks many children would not receive a hot meal, and without the cleaning and caretaking staff schools couldn’t operate. Not to mention all the office based staff who carry out an invaluable role.

Conference we call on the Service Group Executive to:

1)Have an annual day celebration to highlight the vital role that our members undertake in schools, similar to the TA event held in November 2013.

2)Hold an annual award for the school based staff.

3)Provide support and resources to regions and branches to support our members working in schools.