Collecting signatures PE1953: Review Education Support staff roles

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to review Education Support (ES) staff roles in order to consider:

• Urgently raising wages for Education Support Staff across primary and secondary sectors to £26K p/a

• Increasing the hours of the working day for ES staff from 27.5 to 35 hours

• Allowing ESS to work on Personal Learning Plans with teachers/ take part in multiagency meetings.

• Requiring ESS to register with Scottish Social Services Council

• Paying ES staff monthly

Previous action taken

In my capacity working in Education, I have raised my concerns with various Scottish Ministers and my local MSP.

I have also written to various politicians including, Shirley Anne-Somerville MSP, Clare Haughey MSP, Maree Todd MSP, Carol Mochan MSP, Michael Marra MSP, Paul Sweeney MSP, Alison Thewliss MP and Susan Aitken (leader of Glasgow City Council)

I have so far not heard anything back from any of those I contacted.

Background information

ESS work with children and YP (CYP) with Autism, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, Down Syndrome, visually impaired, Hearing impairments, Mosaic Downs Syndrome, trauma, care experienced, EAL, asylum seekers, unaccompanied refugees, Social, Emotional and Behavioural Needs, CYP at risk of self-harm/ suicide, CYP with risk assessments.

• ESS are not involved in ASN Plans/multiagency work

• No SSSC registration deprives ESS of basic working standards

• ESS are not paid remuneration based on qualifications. In comparison to 5.5% wage rise for teachers in 2020 starting £27-32K whereas, ESS are paid est. £14K. Low wages mean Universal Credit dependency

• Many ESS are paid on a four-weekly basis, meaning sanctions 2/3 p/a by UC

• Many ESS are female and this affects women, including their children

• ESS roles are left unfilled. The wages are not attracting talent. People are leaving jobs facing a wage crisis.

• The Scottish Government has a legal duty to comply with (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act (2004), Inclusion, GIRFEC, UNCRC.

  • Created by Roisin Taylor-Young
  • Collecting signatures until 18 August 2022 Petitions can collect signatures for a maximum of 4 weeks

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