Fiona Mactaggart MP joined the GMB union campaign to support Teaching Assistants in Slough, writing and tweeting a message of support in Parliament this week.
Fiona said: “Teaching Assistants are the people who are still there helping kids when I go back to visit a school 5 years later. I have been a teacher and I learnt to value the skills of teaching assistants, who make a real difference to children’s learning. We need to make sure that the government austerity programme does not drive teaching assistants out of our schools.”
There are over a quarter of a million teaching assistants’ across the UK who play a vital role in the classroom. They help pupils to realise their potential and support those with specific educational needs. The GMB have been running a campaign to support and promote the valuable work of teaching assistants who see their roles threatened by public sector cuts. The GMB brought the campaign to Parliament this week delivering over 1200 cards of support to MPs.
Joe Morgan, GMB Regional Secretary said: “The GMB represent thousands of teaching assistants. We were pleased so many parliamentarians attended our event to show their support for the hard work and dedication of teaching assistants in the classroom every day.”