May 16th – World Education Support Personnel (ESP) Day

Recognising the hard-working Teacher Assistants, Laboratory Technicians, Aboriginal Education, Youth Workers, Library Technicians, School Admin and Business Managers who deliver better support and education and keep Tasmania’s schools running. Because without ESPs, learning stops. 

Education Support Personnel (ESPs) are our fellow Teacher Assistants, Laboratory Technicians, Aboriginal Education, Youth Workers, Library Technicians, School Admin and Business Managers.

The title came out of a gathering of leaders representing 32.5 million educators across the globe (Education International) in 2018. Educators knew we needed a united title to reflect their diverse skills and expertise, supporting our campaign to win better recognition, conditions, and respect – together, in union.

ESPs work across a broad range of roles and careers, in all levels of education. Terms like ‘support staff’ or ‘aides’ don’t reflect the diversity of these workers or the increased complexity of their roles, just as our schools have also become more complex.

As Education Support Personnel we are on the frontline daily but often feel undervalued and unseen. Today we are celebrating all the amazing work you do and recognising the difficulties you face every day. You are valued, you are seen and you are appreciated. Along with our teacher colleagues we have an ever growing voice that speaks for us all.

Jo Stevens

Deputy President, Support Staff Sector Council
Australian Education Union Tasmania

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ESPs are achieving more than ever before––by standing together, in union