TAs ‘ignored in wellbeing charter’
Teaching assistants have been left out of the DfE’s new Education Staff Wellbeing Charter.
For many, this shows once again the lack of status these core staff are given in schools.
Leaving out TAs and other support staff is a grave error, Unison told MPs at the Education Select Committee.
Anxiety levels among these staff have gone up ‘considerably’. Many are also afraid to speak out about mental health issues for fear of being ‘first in line’ for redundancy.
Ofsted assesses virtual visits
Inspectors face an ‘exceptional challenge’ in working with schools to bring education back to ‘normal’. This was the message from Ofsted Chief Amanda Spielman, as she released an annual report on how her inspectorate has performed during the pandemic.
Between April 2020 and March 2021, inspectors carried out 2,128 visits, mostly virtual. The majority of schools were positive about the visit, saying that it helped them to reflect on their current approach and to make improvements going forward, said the report.
The aim of all Ofsted’s work is to continue ‘to be a force for improvement through intelligent, responsible and focused inspection and regulation’, said Ms Spielman.
Many in education have been calling for Ofsted to be reformed.
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