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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Some UK schools are pressing teaching assistants to carry out medical procedures for which they have not been trained.

Too much is being asked of school teaching assistants by way of helping pupils with medical treatments, BBC News reports - for example, "administering drugs for heart problems, changing colostomy bags and testing blood sugar levels."

Surely these procedures would be better dealt with by schools employing school nurses? In my opinion, schools and/or local education authorities should not have to train up teaching assistants to do tasks well outside their normal remit. I feel sure it would be safer, and also more acceptable to pupils and their parents, and the teaching assistants themselves.