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East Sussex Teaching Assistants

Monday, December 2, 2013

GMB To Petition East Sussex Councillors On Tuesday 3rd December In Lewis To Support Teaching Assistants Employed In Schools In The Council

Support from teachers, parents and management shows that teaching assistants do a great job and that job must be here to stay says GMB. 

GMB, the union for teaching assistants, will call on elected members of East Sussex County Council, before the full council meeting at 10am on Tuesday 3rd December in County Hall Lewes to sign their support and backing for a campaign to support teaching assistant’s jobs.

A GMB campaign in support of teaching assistants began in June 2013 after the publication of stories in the Sunday Times and Daily Mail ( about discussions between the Department of Education and the Treasury concerning the possibility of axing 232,000 teaching assistants from schools across the country.

Rachel Verdin, GMB organiser, said “Signatures have been flooding in for the GMB petition showing support from teachers, parents and management alike.  Teaching assistants do a great job and that job must be here to stay.

The overwhelming response has shown that those with experience of the classroom know how vital teaching assistants are, particularly for children who need a bit of extra support. 

Regardless of what party they represent the GMB is calling on all councillors to put their signature on the petition to say with the rest of us that this is a cut too far. This will help teaching assistants to know who they're voting for when the election day comes around.”


 Contact: Rachel Verdin on 07931 796 733 or 01273 570126 or GMB Press Office 07921 289 880 or 07974 251 823

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