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The Government has decided against publishing new draft standards drawn up to raise the status and professonalism of teaching assistants.

An article published by Nursery World on the 16th October, reveals that Nicky Morgan has decided not to publish the draft standards. Education minister, Nick Gibb MP was quoted as saying 'Ministers have considered the latest evidence on the effective deployment and professional development of teaching assistants, together with a summary of the call for evidence and the draft teaching assistant standards submitted by the expert panel.

‘In the light of this evidence, the Government believes that schools are best placed to decide how they use and deploy teaching assistants, and to set standards for the teaching assistants they employ. The secretary of state has therefore decided not to publish the draft standards.’

Instead, the 2007 'National Occupational Standards for Supporting Teaching Learning' remain the current guidance for schools. Please see our 'Effective Use of TAs' section for more information.

 

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