A NEW Government scholarship scheme will provide a “fantastic opportunity” for local teaching assistants.
The Department for Education (DfE) has just announced a £500,000 scholarship scheme launched for SEN (Special Education Needs) support staff.
Grants of 50%, up to £2,000 per person, are being made available to support staff who want to take their skills from A-level or higher level teaching assistant standard up to degree level.
The decision has been welcomed with open arms by Castle Hill School’s head teacher Gill Robinson who said: “This is a fantastic opportunity. There are very, very limited career progression paths for special schools’ teaching assistants, compared with other schools.
“I imagine that this will be seized upon by my support staff and I think there will be quite a lot of competition for the places.”
She added: “The children coming into our school have increasingly complex needs, both medically and in terms of learning.
“This funding is absolutely welcome and it is really good to see the Government recognising the skills of support workers who are not just supporting children, but also helping to provide their education.”