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School Support Staff – This is Louise

img_4396-e1473870278201-768x576This is Louise, she has been a teaching assistant for 25 years. Since 1 June, she’s had £500 less in her pay packet because she’s had a 25% pay cut and lost the special class allowance she used to earn for working with deaf children.

“You just feel completely unvalued,” she says.

“The amount of pressure that we’ve got in our job is completely different now. I’ve been there 25 years and the role has always been varied, but nothing like what we have to do now.”

“Now we’re covering classes, we’re taking groups out, and the amount of pressure and work and deadlines that is put on us is absolutely ridiculous.”

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