Changing Job Boundaries and Workforce Reform: The Case of Teaching Assistants

20 Pages Posted: 8 May 2006

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Stephen Bach

King's College London - Department of Management

Ian Kessler

University of Oxford - Said Business School

Paul Heron

Picker Institute Europe - King's Mead House

Abstract

A prominent feature of the restructuring of work in the public services has been the growing importance of assistant roles. This article examines the regulation of teaching assistant (TA) roles in 10 primary schools. It examines entry into TA roles, the structure of TA roles and the consequences of TA roles for teachers and assistants. The article develops a series of arguments to explain the variations in the TA workforce between authorities and schools.

Suggested Citation

Bach, Stephen and Kessler, Ian and Heron, Paul, Changing Job Boundaries and Workforce Reform: The Case of Teaching Assistants. Industrial Relations Journal, Vol. 37, No. 1, pp. 2-21, January 2006, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=875909 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2338.2006.00387.x

Stephen Bach (Contact Author)

King's College London - Department of Management ( email )

150 Stamford Street
London, SE1 9NN
United Kingdom

Ian Kessler

University of Oxford - Said Business School ( email )

Park End Street
Oxford, OX1 1HP
Great Britain

Paul Heron

Picker Institute Europe - King's Mead House ( email )

Oxpens Road
Oxford OX1 1RX
United Kingdom

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