Union claims public support for school support staff pay claim

13 May 2021

School support staff members are the glue that keeps children’s education together but they are paid a pittance.

That is the view of the GMB union, and it is citing public support for the view after a Survation poll of more than 1000 adults showed that 74% of respondents agreeing that the average teaching assistant’s earnings of £13,856 last year was too low, with 48% saying that it was much too low.

While 80% agree that school support staff are important to children’s education, almost as many (78%) say that school support staff should receive overtime payments if school days are extended following the lifting of lockdown.

Furthermore, 68% agree school support staff should be paid during holidays as teachers are.

GMB is calling for a substantial pay rise for school support staff – as part of the local Government pay claim.

Rehana Azam, GMB National Secretary, said: “We know our school support staff members are the glue that keeps children’s education together. They’re the people who help your kids learn, feed them, and keep schools safe. While many teachers have been working from home throughout the pandemic, GMB members remain in schools, supervising classes, preparing food and maintaining school buildings.”