One in a thousand

A TEACHING assistant from a Royston School has become the 21,000th Higher Level teaching assistant. Janice Hodge who, works at Greneway School, achieved the status through working alongside teachers, providing valuable support. Mrs Hodge said: If you re

A TEACHING assistant from a Royston School has become the 21,000th Higher Level teaching assistant.

Janice Hodge who, works at Greneway School, achieved the status through working alongside teachers, providing valuable support.

Mrs Hodge said: "If you're passionate about working with children, an HLTA role can be very rewarding.

"There are countless opportunities to learn on the job and every day is completely different."


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The work of an HLTA includes planning and preparing lessons, supporting pupils with special needs and working with pupils on a one-to-one basis, in small groups and with a whole class.

Head teacher Sue Kennedy, said: "The teaching assistants have a very positive impact on the school because they come with the strength of different backgrounds.

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"They are hugely energetic and passionate about their work.

"Teaching assistants enable us to work in a very flexible way and be creative with some of the work we do," she said.

A report from the Institute of Education on the deployment of the wider workforce in schools has shown that 88 per cent of teachers feel that support staff have had a positive effect on their job satisfaction while 77 per cent feel that have helped reduce levels of stress.

n For more information on the roles of support staff visit the website at www.tda.gov.uk/support

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