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[Mr George Howarth in the Chair] — Teaching Assistants

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 10:39 am on 18th March 2014.

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Photo of Mark Hendrick Mark Hendrick Labour, Preston 10:39 am, 18th March 2014

The Minister is giving a positive picture of the role of teaching assistants and is making the point that the Government do not think it a good idea to be too prescriptive about how teaching assistants are used; those considerations are best made locally. However, can she say a little about how she feels about low pay? As I said in my contribution, low pay is a problem for teaching assistants. We obviously value the work that they do, but in doing so, should we not see that they are properly remunerated and not just treated as cheap labour?