ANGELA Rayner is visiting local schools to pay tribute to the unsung heroes and heroines who are 'Stars'.
'Stars In Our Schools' has been organised by her trade union, UNISON to highlight the work of school support staff and the role they play in educating our children.
Angela is visiting schools across Ashton, including Holy Trinity Church of England Primary in Kenyon Street and Canon Burrows School in Oldham Road to celebrate the efforts of non-teaching staff in ensuring schools succeed.
Recent teacher surveys have found that school support staff bring considerable expertise to the classroom, help with administrative responsibilities and allow teachers more time to plan and prepare lessons.
Angela said: "As the mother of two young children, I know the difference school staff can make to their development.
"Its often unnoticed, but school support staff have an incredibly important role in supporting teachers and adding their experience and knowledge to help make sure that our schools run smoothly day in and day out.
"I’m really proud to celebrate their work as part of this year’s national 'Stars in our Schools' day. And I encourage all of my constituents in Ashton-under-Lyne to support this fantastic campaign."
A survey by Professor Peter Blatchford in 2009 found that teachers believe support staff:
- Bring expertise or a specialism to the classroom
- Have a positive impact on the amount of teaching time available – either in total, or in terms of allowing time to teach more or different pupils
- Remove administrative, routine and other non-teaching responsibilities from teachers and
- Allow teachers more time for planning and preparation