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Thursday, October 3, 2013

GMB Steps Up Fight To Protect Teaching Assistant Jobs With Petition At Eastbourne School On Monday 7th October

Teaching assistants provide a valuable contribution a child’s education and the role must be fought for and protected says GMB.

GMB, the union for school support staff, plans to ask parents and teachers to sign a petition on Monday 7th October at Ocklynge Junior School in Eastbourne to protest at Education Secretary Michael Gove's plans to axe teaching assistants. 

The details about gathering signatures are as follows:

On Monday 7th October

At Ocklynge Junior School,
Victoria Drive,
Eastbourne,
East Sussex BN20 8XN

The GMB campaign in support of teaching assistants began in June 2013 after the publication of stories in the Sunday Times and Daily Mail (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2334853/Army-teaching-assistants-faces-axe-Education-department-attempts-save-4billion-cost-year.html) about discussions between the Department of Education and the Treasury concerning the possibility of axing 232,000 teaching assistants from schools across the country.

Rachel Verdin, GMB Organiser, said "Michael Gove failed to retract this mad proposal in his speech at Tory Party Conference. GMB are planning to meet parents and teachers to sign their petition to say no to Gove. 

This is a cut too far and it must be stopped.  Teaching assistants provide vital 1-1 support that can be lost in big classes.  This is particularly important for children who need that extra help.  Once again it’s the most vulnerable whom this government are intent on penalising.

As this campaign gathers steam I am overwhelmed at the sheer volume of 100% positive feedback that we are getting about teaching assistants.  More importantly this is coming from people who really know about the reality of the classroom - parents and teachers, in stark contrast to Gove.  Teaching assistants provide a valuable contribution a child’s education and the role must be fought for and protected.” 

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Contact: Rachel Verdin on 07931 769 733 or 01273 570126 or GMB Press Office 07921 289 880

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