While it’s all eyes to the front of the classroom, teaching assistants also play a hugely important role in the development of our youngsters . They help to encourage and stimulate our children, while also dedicating much of their time to pupils who might need that extra little bit of support. Teaching assistants are as vital to ensuring the smooth running of the classroom as the teachers that work with them, and that is why we have a dedicated Golden Apple Award to celebrate the lengths they go to. Nominations have been open for each of the awards, including Teaching Assistant of the Year, for the last three weeks and Hull Daily Mail have now received more than 50 entries in all. Amongst the nominees so far is Ellie Holland of Cleeve Primary School . She was nominated by one of her colleagues for the impact she has made since starting the job in September. The nomination read: “Ellie has only been my teaching assistant since the beginning of term, but she has already had a … [Read more...] about Does your school have a star teaching assistant?
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DeKALB – Pay for teaching assistants in the DeKalb School District 428 will continue to rise for the next four years. During its regular meeting Tuesday night, the District 428 board voted unanimously – and quickly – to approve a four-year contract for the DeKalb Federation of School Assistants. The contract will result in $1.25 pay increases for assistants in the first year, with a 2.3 percent increase for the three subsequent years. The previous contract expired Aug. 14; the current contract will run through Aug. 14, 2022. “I think we had some really honest, direct and respectful conversation throughout our negotiation process,” district board President Victoria Newport said. “It was very positive.” The decision comes nearly one month after union members demonstrated in front of the district office for three days during the week of Aug. 20. Those demonstrations ended when a tentative agreement was announced Aug. 24. Cynthia Carpenter, the … [Read more...] about DeKalb School District 428 OKs teaching assistants’ contract
PUBLISHED: 16:47 23 July 2018 | UPDATED: 16:47 23 July 2018 Sue Hall who has retired as a teaching assistant at Raleigh Infant Academy. Picture: Raleigh Infant Academy Archant After 25 years at Raleigh Infant Academy in Thetford a treasured teaching assistant has retired. Sue Hall started at the school as a volunteer mother, who listened to children reading and helped with artwork.She was offered a job at the school and gained the qualifications needed to become a teaching assistance. Speaking fondly about the pupils she has helped Mrs Hall said: “I have lasting memories of children singing in nativity plays, which always brings a lump to my throat and the end of year assemblies, seeing children moving on, are also emotional. “It is lovely to see these children again years later when they bring their own children to Raleigh.”She added: “I have enjoyed my years at Raleigh but feel that it is now time to move on, take up new hobbies and enjoy my … [Read more...] about Infant school bids farewell to treasured teaching assistant
PUBLISHED: 15:01 05 July 2018 Kath Sansom Spring Meadow Infant School in High Barns, Ely. Annete Blewett is the new headteacher who joined in September 2017. Archant Staff at an Ely school are still unsure who will lose their jobs before the end of the summer term with the news that 14 staff have taken voluntary redundancies but two teaching assistants must still be dropped. A three week consultation at Spring Meadow Infant school was labelled a rush job by union reps who said parents should have been consulted. Job losses are among staff who look after the social and emotional needs of children, they say. Fourteen of those have taken voluntary redundancy but a further two teaching assistants must now be made redundant. Julia Drummond, of Unison Cambridge, said: “Staff are upset, these poor women have a couple of weeks until the end of term and now they’re unsure who it is who will go. “All staff must effectively re-apply for their jobs and a process will be … [Read more...] about Two teaching assistants to be axed, 14 have taken voluntary redundancy
A teaching assistant helping youngsters get on track has received a national award. Christopher Haywood, of Almondbury Community School, has won a Silver Teaching Award in the category for Teaching Assistant of the Year at the Pearson Teaching Awards 2018. Mr Haywood, 57, who lives at Brighouse , will join 65 other winners from across the UK at an awards ceremony on October 21 in London to find out which of them will be among just 12 winners of the Gold Plato Awards – the UK’s “Oscars for Teachers”. The event, “Britain’s Classroom Heroes”, will be filmed and broadcast by the BBC as a showcase of excellence in education. Mr Haywood, who has worked as a design and technology assistant at the Almondbury school for seven years, was nominated by headteacher Trevor Bowen, who described him as “a modest character, self-effacing and unassuming” and added: “Chris approaches his role with enthusiasm, professionalism and good humour. … [Read more...] about Beloved Almondbury teaching assistant wins national award for supporting young pupils