teaching assistants, administrative staff, technicians and caretakers
- can develop their full potential have been set out by a new group
convened by the Teacher Training Agency.
The School Workforce Development Board comprises organisations
with responsibilities for employment, funding, occupational standards
It aims to ensure that support staff have access to the high quality
training and development they need, so that they can contribute fully
to raising standards in schools and the well-being of pupils.
From 1 September, the TTA will become the Training and Development
Agency for Schools with additional responsibilities for the
whole school workforce. Until now, no single organisation has had
responsibilities for the training and development of teachers and
As a first step, the board has produced 'Building the School Team', a
one year plan setting out the forthcoming work of the organisations
involved. The plan is published on the TTA's website, and will be
developed into a three-year strategy.
The plan outlines three priorities for action:
- removing barriers which prevent take-up of training and development
by support staff
- improving the supply of training and development
- strengthening the quality of training and development
Speaking on behalf of the board, TTA chief executive Ralph Tabberer,
'There is growing recognition that every member of staff in a school,
whatever their role, contributes to the achievement and well-being of
children. Successful schools know that the whole school team is more
than the sum of its parts and value the contribution of everyone
working in concert.
'However, many staff have not had the opportunity to develop their
skills and to have their experience recognised. They deserve access
to high quality training and development, and to a good career
pathway. They want good advice on which of the wide range of
qualifications available are appropriate to their work, and how those
qualifications fit into a clear career progression route.
'The challenge ahead is considerable - but so are the potential
rewards. The working partnership we have established across key
partners nationally is a powerful force for change and all the
organisations involved are determined to work together to improve
what is on offer to the whole school workforce.'
Schools minister Jacqui Smith said:
'More people than ever are working in our schools, including about
500,000 in a wide variety of roles supporting the work of teachers.
Their contribution will grow as schools take their place at the heart
of their communities, providing childcare, adult learning and similar
health and community services. So it is vital that they have the
opportunities they need to develop their skills, knowledge and
'The government's aims to safeguard the well-being of children and
ensure each one can fulfil their potential can be achieved only
through organisations working in partnership. I welcome the School
Workforce Development Board's one-year plan as the first step to
achieving those aims.'
This news release relates to England only.
Building the School Team, the School Workforce Development Board's
one year plan is published at
Members of the board represent the Department for Education and
Skills (DfES), the Employers' Organisation FOR Local Government (EO),
the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), the National College for
School Leadership (NCSL), the National Remodelling Team (NRT), the
Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted), the Qualifications and
Curriculum Authority (QCA), the Teacher Training Agency (TTA), and
the Workforce Agreement Monitoring Group (WAMG) the social
partnership comprising representatives from Government, unions and
employers. Composition of WAMG is listed at
The TTA will become the Training and Development Agency for Schools
from 1 September 2005, following approval of the Education Act 2005.
Its purpose will be to raise children's standards of achievement and
promote their well-being by improving the training and development of
the whole school workforce.