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Extra teaching assistants to support Nottinghamshire school places expansion

13/08/2013 Kelly
New teacher assistant jobs are set to be created as part of local authority efforts to expand the provision of primary school places in Nottinghamshire.

Last month, the government launched its Targeted Basic Need Programme, which will see an additional £820 million invested in creating new school places in areas where existing capacity is under significant strain.

This brings the total funding the government has allocated to local authorities for accommodating more pupils during the current spending review period to over £5 billion, as it seeks to create an extra 417,000 school places by 2015.

It is through the Targeted Basic Need Programme that Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council will now receive £5.5 million between them to finance the creation of over 600 new school places, the Nottingham Post has reported.

Of this, £4 million will be spent on creating 420 new primary places in Nottingham, while an estimated £1.5 million is to be spent on expanding three primary schools elsewhere in Nottinghamshire, creating another 120 places.

Nottingham City Council has also promised to bring in additional educational staff, including teachers and teaching assistants, to ensure the expanded pupil population is sufficiently supported.

A number of primary schools in the city have already undergone expansion to meet the rising demand for places.

Commenting on the allocation to the county council, its deputy committee chairman for children and young people's services Councillor Liz Plant stressed how vital this new investment would be.

She asserted: "Without it, we wouldn't have enough funding to allow us to build all the additional places we need."

The role played by teaching assistants in England's state schools has expanded substantially over recent years, with the total number employed rising from 79,000 in 2000 to 232,000 in November last year, official figures show.

According to the Education Endowment Foundation, teaching assistants can raise attainment in classrooms, providing they are given a well-defined pedagogical role or responsibility for delivering specific interventions and receive adequate training and support.

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