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PLANS TO DEVELOP SCHOOL SUPPORT STAFF

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Plans to help schools ensure that all their support staff - including...
Plans to help schools ensure that all their support staff - including

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

and qualifications.

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

support staff.

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,

said:

'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

experience.

'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.'

Notes

This news release relates to England only.

Building the School Team, the School Workforce Development Board's

one year plan is published at

http:www.tta.gov.uk/php/read.php?sectionid=284&articleid=2714

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

http:www.remodelling.org/who_wamg.php

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.

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