Headlines: October 26th, 1999

Plans to recruit a further 20,000 learning support assistants by 2002 are backed by a research report. Researchers found that where assistants had clearly defined roles and planned lessons with teachers in the Literacy Hour, they helped pupils become independent learners. The research report shows how head teachers and local education authorities can effectively manage learning assistants so that they motivate pupils and help in raising standards.It is proposed that learning assistants should have a professional status and a unified career structure. A national framework of training and qualification is being developed.