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Teaching assistant - review of terms and conditions

The latest information about the review of teaching assistant terms and conditions updated 21 June 2017.

At a meeting on 21 June 2017 Council agreed to:

  • withdraw the currently suspended notices of dismissal and re-engagement issued in October 2016
  • replace existing job descriptions with the revised roles and responsibilities
  • align teaching assistants to the new grading structure as agreed by head teachers
  • implement a standard working week for teaching assistants of 37 hours, with any reduced hours contracts being paid on a pro rata basis
  • implement a standard number of weeks worked by teaching assistants of 40
  • compensate teaching assistants for any financial loss equivalent to the loss of salary associated with the move from whole time to term time, or a change in grade, paid during the term of employment for a maximum of two years from the date of implementation
  • confirm an implementation date for the new arrangements of 1 September 2017

Teaching Assistants will be receive individual outcome letters of how the above offer affects them. Letters will be sent to home addresses.

Unison and Unite have agreed to undertake a consultative ballot and will issue communications in this regard shortly. For clarity, the previous agreement reached with GMB remains in place and the terms of this revised offer will apply. 

Council report

The report written for Council on 21 June 2017: Teaching assistants council report 21 June 2017 (PDF, 688kb)

Pay scales

Net pay calculator

Teaching Assistants Net Pay Calculator (EXCEL, 39kb)

Net Pay Calculator guidance notes

The figures shown in this spreadsheet are estimates only. The actual effect on an individual's take home pay may vary for a number of reasons in accordance with your own personal circumstances, including:

  • This calculator assumes a standard tax code of 1150L. If your tax code is different the effect of the changes on your take home pay may be different as well
  • If you have more than one job with the Council, this calculator may not be accurate
  • If you have additional deductions to your salary such as student loan repayments, union subscriptions, additional pension contributions (AVCs/APCs), court orders or charitable donations, the figures shown in the calculator are likely to overstate your estimated take home pay. Please make allowances for this.
  • If you have given up pay in exchange for child care vouchers, cycle purchase or for a lease car the figures shown above are likely to overstate your estimated take home pay. Please make allowances for this
  • The hours quoted on your letter of 22 June are the maximum available
  •  Figures quoted in your letter are based upon working 40 weeks 

Frequently asked questions

A list of frequently asked questions and their responses: FAQs (PDF, 49kb)

If this does not provide you with the information you require, please contact your trade union representative or email

Job descriptions

Centrally employed




Trade union contact details

If you have not done so already you are encouraged to contact your trade union to raise representations on the proposals on your behalf.  

Employee care

If you're seeking confidential counselling support on a range of personal and work-related issues, you can contact our confidential counselling service via A Freephone number - 0800 716 017 (24 hour) and quote scheme number 33679.

You can also visit the Employee Care website, and use the scheme number 33679 - for both the 'access code' and 'password' fields to log on.

Historic documents