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Union of Professional Educators Reassures Learning Support Educators of Their Essential Role in the Classroom

The Union of Professional Educators (UPE) has received numerous concerns from Learning Support Educators (LSEs) about rumours currently circulating among several colleges that their roles of class assistants may become redundant. It has come to light that a minority of Heads of Schools have allegedly been misinformed by another union to spread these rumours.

The UPE can confirm that the number of students with special needs is increasing, indicating a growing need for LSEs in the coming years. Furthermore, the UPE places great importance on the role of educators in the classroom and has numerous policies in place to ensure the number of class assistants grows rather than becoming obsolete.

The UPE is dedicated to ensuring highly effective educational outcomes within the sector. Therefore, we wish to reassure all members that the future of LSEs and class assistants is guaranteed. The UPE will work tirelessly to improve working conditions and salaries for all LSEs. If any queries arise, members are encouraged to contact the UPE directly, avoiding any unreliable sources that could be detrimental to both members and the teaching profession as a whole.

It is essential to note that at least three colleges, namely St Ignatius, St Thomas Moore, and Maria Regina Colleges, have expressed the above concerns.

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