28th September 2001




A Lincoln academic has set up a new association to provide help to the many people who give learning support in primary and secondary schools.


Professor Trevor Kerry, whose book ‘Working with Support Staff’ was published in August, is inviting support staff to join the East Midlands Association of Support Staff in Schools (EMASSS).


The association will be based in the International Institute for Educational Leadership at the University of Lincoln, where Prof Kerry is a visiting professor.


The association will welcome all school-based staff who hold paid roles that support pupils’ learning, including learning support and special educational needs assistants, nursery nurses, laboratory and ICT technical staff, library and resource staff, school secretaries, receptionists and lunchtime supervisors.


Unpaid workers such as school governors and volunteer helpers will also be able to join.


“In the short term the aim of the association is to provide training and information about training,” said Prof Kerry. “We aim to put on short courses and also to provide routes to accreditation in the longer term. People who join EMASSS will get some benefits in the form of lower fees for courses, and we are looking at other benefits too.”


The intention is to sign up as many support staff from Lincolnshire schools as possible to EMASSS in its pilot form over the next couple of months. If it recruits successfully a formal establishment of the association will follow.


“At that stage ownership of the association will pass to the members who will appoint their own officers and determine the future shape of the organisation,” said Prof Kerry.


For information about EMASSS email tkerry@lincoln.ac.uk or call the Conference Services Centre at IIEL on 01522 886085.


For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside (tel: 01522 886042)

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk


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