Save Croydon’s teaching assistants

 In Croydon, News, Parliament

Croydon North MP Steve Reed has opposed potential cuts to teaching assistants in a debate at the House of Commons.

In recent weeks, there have been a number of news stories centred about the Tory threat to axe the vital teaching resource.

A huge number of teachers, parents and school staff in Croydon North signed a petition to protect teaching assistants and a GMB trade union campaign to protect the crucial classroom assistants has had an amazing response.

You can see a copy of Steve’s intervention in the debate here

Speaking after the debate, Steve said:

“Every week, I visit schools in constituency to meet with parents and teachers to discuss a wide range of issues around education. During these visits, teachers raise with me the important role of teaching assistants.

Only last month at All Saints Primary in Upper Norwood, the head teacher told me about the important role that teaching assistants play in giving children who have underperformed addition support with literacy and numeracy.  The head teacher also explained to me the important job of up-skilling and so they can provide even more support to teachers in the classroom.”