Support staff workload pressures

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Motion #29

THAT Conference notes with concern that support staff are often removed from their typical duties to support the delivery of formal assessments in school, including new primary assessments and qualifications.

Conference asks the Executive Committee to investigate:

(i) the extent to which this is occurring

(ii) whether children with additional needs are negatively impacted by these arrangements

(iii) whether support staff are suitably trained for additional responsibilities

(iv) the impact on well-being and workload of staff involved

(v) whether, due to school budget pressures, support staff are being used when additional staff should be employed.

Conference asks the Executive Committee to provide a report to the 2018 Annual Conference with appropriate recommendations.