More support staff ‘doing teachers’ work’

Seventy-eight per cent of support staff feel the work they do is identical to supply teachers – up 14 per cent on last year.


Increasing numbers of support staff are having to do teachers' work by delivering lessons, according to a survey by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers.


The union said more support staff were having to step up to “plug the gap” created by teacher shortages.


The ATL’s survey of almost 1,000 support staff members found that when acting as cover supervisors, 78 per cent feel the work they do is identical to that done by supply teachers.


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