According to RISE Online Information Centre, there were 263,000 FTE Teaching Assistants working in schools across the UK in November 2015. On 14th September, a national awareness day will be held to celebrate Teaching Assistants through national nominations or local recognition in school.
Teaching Assistants can offer vital support to pupils in educational settings, assisting learning and developing skills with identified groups of pupils or on a one to one basis. Duties of teaching assistants vary across schools and academies and often employees in teaching assistant positions are also involved in running extra-curricular school clubs, supervising at lunchtime and on trips, looking after children who are upset or unwell and organising events in school.
Teaching Assistant employment contracts can also vary according to the circumstances of support required. For one to one support for an individual pupil or to cover an absent colleague on long term leave, schools may want to offer a fixed term contract with reference to funding available. Caution is required when issuing fixed term contracts. The contract should always accurately reflect the employment circumstances initially and/or when changes occur. Employees who have been continuously employed for four years or more on a series of successive fixed-term contracts are automatically deemed to be permanent employees unless the continued use of a fixed-term contract can be objectively justified.
If you are unsure about the implications of contracts you have in place or would like further guidance, please get in touch with one of our team on 01924 827869.