In July 2014, Nicky Morgan was appointed Secretary of State for Education, replacing Michael Gove.
Nicky will be settling into her new role in the coming months, but her team have sent TA Focus a message of support for TAs:
“The government places great value on all staff in schools for the contribution they make to improving the life chances of children. When appropriately skilled and deployed, we acknowledge that TAs can make an important contribution to the development of children and the support of teachers in delivering teaching and learning.
We know that headteachers and school governors have high regard for the support staff they employ and that those staff can have a very big impact on pupils’ learning. We want every member of staff, regardless of their position in the school, to be able to give of their best in supporting the success of children and young people and to be, and feel, valued for the work that they do. Ministers recognise and fully appreciate the many, varied and often challenging school support staff roles that exist today and the contribution that all school staff make to improving the life chances of pupils.”