There are two seperate issues running in this thread, one of 'rewards' and the other 'respect'. In general, respect has to be earned, it is not a right and it is a two-way thing. I suspect the respect that exists between support staff and teaching staff varies by school and by individual staff member and is something we all have to work at. In some cases there will never be any respect & everyone loses out. I try to respect the views & opinions of all of my colleagues at work and quite frankly in some cases it is hard. I will not tolerate having staff 'talk down' to me or the technicians that work as part of 'my' team. This can on occasions lead to friction however I try to be polite but firm.
As far as reward is concerned; support staff in schools suffer from the fact that any salary increases they receive have to come out of main school budget and this is seldom if ever funded directly by central government. Teachers pay increases are agreed nationally, and the school budgets are set to reflect the teaching salary increases. Support staff increases come out of whatever is left, and has to compete with spending on resources, equipment, building repairs etc. Schools are obliged to pay whatever incremental increases are agreed by the employer and they will attempt to budget for this but they rarely budget for 'advancement' increases unless pressured to do so.
You might be surprised to see what a school budget looks like, how much money is 'ring fenced' into teacher salaries, how little is left for everything else, including our salaries!