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Damning ofsted report on 'Forgotten Schools'

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Teaching assistants need support to help children carve out a bright future, according to the GMB union.

A disturbing Ofsted report will show “forgotten schools” need more help from the Government to stop children being left behind, says GMB.

Sir Michael Wilshaw, the chief inspector, will this morning say the number of poorly performing schools in the north and the East Midlands is a serious problem.[1]

GMB – the union for teaching assistants – is now calling for desperately needed funding to help support the vital work members do.

Sharon Wilde, GMB National Schools Officer, said:

“Sir Michael’s report is nothing short of chilling – the idea there are pockets of forgotten schools across the country where children are being left behind is storing up terrible uncertainty for the future.

“GMB members provide support for teachers and children in thousands of schools - including the problem areas highlighted in this report.

“They are integral to providing well-resourced, child centred education, where every one of our children can realise their full potential.

"This means more than just testing and benchmarks, but real investment that translates into smaller class sizes, better classrooms, and greater access to IT and learning materials.

"But they need proper help and backing.

“We demand Justine Greening, Secretary of State for Education, provides adequate funding for our schools to provide a level playing field for all children – regardless of where they live.

"Our children should not be exploited because of where they live or where they are born.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

Contact: GMB press office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

[1] http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-38155858

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