Recent developments in the work of teaching assistants
In the past few years the developing role of assistants and the growth in their numbers has attracted a great deal of pUblicity. The Government has stressed the vital role they can play in supporting the whole process of education. Indeed, there are even suggestions that assistants might in the future take over some of the teachers' tasks. However, some anxiety has been expressed by teaching unions about the effects this might have on teachers' professionalism. Therefore, instead of being seen as a valuable resource to support teaching and learning in schools, TAs could now be viewed as a threat to the development of the teaching profession.