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General Chat Thread, Teaching assistants facing the axe? in General; Originally Posted by wagnerk Isn't this the same think-tank that have had links with pushing the PFI programme and had ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by wagnerk View Post
    Isn't this the same think-tank that have had links with pushing the PFI programme and had a hand in saying that the Government polices would result in a 10% reduction in the NHS workforce, that it would be a good thing, without providing any calculations or reasonings?
    Probably.
    They also recently reported that school budgets could be cut by 1/5 without any drop in standards. BBC News - School budget cuts 'no harm to standards'

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    Hmmm does this also affect TAs who are cover assistants?

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    We're already due to lose 15 TA's this summer, I think, due to SEN funding being slashed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CAM View Post
    Hmmm does this also affect TAs who are cover assistants?
    Well, it appears to be early days in the discussions but the tone is that it means scrapping all TAs completely.
    But who knows where it will lead? Could disappear swiftly but the theme of scrapping TAs has come up a few times now.

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    I think LAs do things differently but funding is definitely directed to the SEN child who is statemented, rather than the one that isn't. It could even be that the SEN dept can "demand" hours from the school for statemented children who have a recommendation from the LA but if the child isn't statemented then the school may say that they cannot afford it and so the child, who may have very particular needs, goes unsupported.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkeh View Post
    Identifying pupils that need extra help to give them a good experience of/integrating them into school is a bad thing??

    Oh do you happen to a have source for that? Would very much like to look into that.
    not as such i was in a school office where it was being discussed with a parent who was moving to a n other lea and they said they couldnt pass on a statement as that lea dosent do them anymore (paraphrased) and a similar conversation with my mum who is a ta in a third lea

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