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Using stories of successful practice and ideas for improving collaborative work, the book explores and maps the development of the roles in relation to children's learning that can be played by people other than qualified teachers.


Over the last few years there has been a significant increase in the number of people who work in supporting children's learning in classrooms and other educational settings. Some of these people – nursery nurses, teaching assistants, learning mentors and learning support staff – are paid for their work. Others are unpaid and work as volunteers, including parents and grandparents as well as community members who aspire to a career in education and who want to gain some experience before applying for a place on an initial teacher education course, quite often on one of the more flexible routes. There are government plans to recruit another 50,000 teaching assistants in an effort to raise standards and to reduce workloads for teachers. The government's initiative ...

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