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Sheffield Petition On Teaching Assistants Jobs

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

GMB Steps Up The Fight To Protect Teaching Assistants Jobs With Petition At Sheffield School

Teaching assistants provide a valuable contribution to a child’s education and the role must be fought for and protected says GMB.

GMB, the union for school support staff, plans to ask parents and others to sign a petition on Tuesday 8th April at 8.30am and 2.30pm outside Abbey Lane School, Sheffield, S8 0BN to protest at Education Secretary Michael Gove's plans to axe teaching assistants.   

The details for gathering signatures are as follows:  From 8.30am until 9am and 2.30pm until 3.30pm at Abbey Lane School, Abbey Lane, S8 0BN.

The GMB campaign in support of teaching assistants began in June 2013 after the publication of stories in the Sunday Times and Daily Mail(http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2334853/Army-teaching-assistants-faces-axe-Education-department-attempts-save-4billion-cost-year.html) about discussions between the Department of Education and the Treasury concerning the possibility of axing 232,000 teaching assistants from schools across the country. 

GMB aims to gather a mass petition from parents, grandparents, teaching assistants, teachers and heads over the next month. GMB has already gathered hundreds of thousands of signatures and plan to hand the petition to the government on the 29th May 2014.

Pete Davies, GMB Organiser for schools at Sheffield City Council, said: “This is a vicious attack on one of the most valued body of workers in the UK. Ask any head or teacher how they would manage without the teaching assistants and they will tell you that they couldn’t.

Teaching assistants provide a valuable contribution to a child’s education and the role must be fought for and protected. Axing these jobs is a crazy idea and if it happens the impact on our children’s education will be horrendous. 

It seems inconceivable that children with learning difficulties in main stream schools would be left unsupported.

There is an army of concerned parents and school staff who are ready and able to fight against this proposal and GMB plan to mobilise this opposition.” 

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Contact Pete Davies GMB Organiser on 07501 228313 - Bill Chard GMB Organiser on 07958 156838 or GMB press office 07974 251 823

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