School support staff are being forced to work unpaid overtime as a result of increasing workload and dwindling staffing levels, a new survey has found.
Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, warned that school support staff are “feeling the brunt” of school cuts, with redundancies forcing those left in the system to do more.
Research by the NEU found that 78 per cent of teaching assistants, school administrators and other support staff are working overtime every week, with 20 per cent claiming their school expects them to work extra hours and 5 per cent saying their school demands it of them. More than 60 per cent of respondents are not paid for their overtime.
Support staff are feeling the brunt of school cuts as schools struggle to make ends meet