Thousands of secondary school posts slashed

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27 Jun 2019
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GMB has called for urgent action after new figures revealed thousands of teaching assistants had been slashed from mainstream secondary schools across the country.

The union says the creaking education system must be properly funded before the future of an entire generation of children is placed in jeopardy.

New official figures published today show that approximately 2,500 teaching assistant posts were lost in mainstream secondary schools in England in the last year - a fall of 4 per cent.

Nadine Houghton, GMB National Officer, said:

“Almost ten years of Conservative cuts to education risks putting the future of an entire generation of children in jeopardy.

“Schools are under desperate pressure to balance the books and see slashing teaching assistant numbers as a quick way to balance the books.

 “But without support staff, teachers and children with additional needs will be left without the specialist support they need, and schools can’t function if buildings can’t be secured and children can’t be fed.

 “Time and time again Ministers tell us funding has increased - but it’s clearly not the case as jobs are being slashed while demand continues to skyrocket.”

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