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Tuesday, 01 December 2015 (3073331)
Special school support staff hailed as 'unsung heroes'
by Tom Martin

SUPPORT staff at Thornton's Newfield Special School have been awarded for their role in helping pupils.

The group were given certificates by MP Bill Esterson in recognition of the hard work they do in supporting teachers and children.

The awards scheme was part of the ‘I'm a star in my school' celebration organised by UNISON, which aims to highlight the “unsung heroes” of schools across the country.

MP Esterston said: “I was delighted to be asked to present the certificates by Sefton UNISON. School support staff are often the unsung heroes in our schools and assist teachers in and out of the classroom so that teaching and learning is as effective as possible.

”Learning assistants and non teaching staff alike all make a massive contribution to the education of our children and this is especially true of schools like Newfield which is attended by some of the children in most need of support. 

“I would like to pay tribute to the work that our school support staff do and to the work of all staff in our schools. UNISON do a fantastic job, working with their members and with schools across Merseyside to make sure that children have the best possible education and I really enjoyed meeting some UNISON members today and sharing their celebration of the recognition of how hard they work. 

”I was also pleased to be able to visit Newfield School and congratulate all of the winners of the awards in schools right across my constituency and beyond.“


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