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Teaching assistants are no replacement for fully qualified teachers says REC Education

Teaching assistants are no replacement for fully qualified teachers says REC Education. 
 
REC Education today responded to research on the use of teaching assistants, highlighting the negative impact that replacing fully trained teachers with unqualified assistants has on classroom standards.    
 
Research commissioned by the Sutton Trust, shows how there has been a sharp increase in the number of teaching assistants with 213,900 employed this year almost three times the total a decade ago- which has had a negative impact on classroom standards. 
 
Commenting on the findings,  John Dunn, chair of REC Education said:
 
This confirms what the REC has said all along teaching assistants are no replacement for a fully qualified teacher.  Whilst the vast majority of teaching assistants are effective, highly dedicated professionals, they do not possess the required skills and experience to manage the classroom. 
 
When faced by instances of staff absence or sickness, schools should ask one simple question who is best placed to teach our pupils?  Unlike teaching assistants, supply teachers are fully qualified professionals who can step in to ensure a fall in staff numbers does not mean a drop in standards.

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