Thursday, 28 November 2013

#loveTAs Twitter Storm TONIGHT

Tomorrow, Friday 29 November, UNISON has announced ‘Speaking Up for Teaching Assistants’, a day in which the valuable work of teaching assistants will be highlighted and celebrated. This is a particularly important message at the moment as it’s been reported that some in government want to cut teaching assistants’ jobs.

We are intending to support this by creating a Twitter Storm tonight to create awareness, and we have chosen to do this between 2235 and 2335 when BBC Question Time is on. 

If you use Twitter then we need you to be online when BBC Question Time starts at 2235. The minute the programme starts we need you to start tweeting. All messages should have two hashtags in them: #loveTAs & #BBCQT

Each tweet should contain a brief message that should highlight or celebrate the work of teaching assistants. We should also be looking to educate the Question Time/Twitter audience about just how valuable teaching assistants are to teachers, head teachers, parents and students, to counteract the negative press they have received in recent months. E.g.
  • Without a TA, my son/daughter would not be able to X/Y/Z #loveTAs #BBCQT
  • The work that teaching assistants do is vital. We must speak up for them! #loveTAs #BBCQT
  • I’m a teacher and I value the work of teaching assistants. They are completely invaluable! #loveTAs #BBCQT
  • As a parent I know the difference teaching assistants make. We must make sure they are valued! #loveTAs #BBCQT
  • Teaching assistants are edu-heroes! We will continue to promote the positive impact they have! #loveTAs #BBCQT
  • Teaching assistants enable children to thrive at school. Give them medals, don’t undermine them! #loveTAs #BBCQT
  • Did you know it’s been reported that some in government want to cut teaching assistant jobs? What a false economy #loveTAs #BBCQT

You get the general idea right? Make up your own or use the examples above. It's worth preparing a few tweets and saving them as drafts on your phone or computer so you can whack them out one after the other. Retweets don't count. But this is an occasion where it's perfectly acceptable to cut and paste others' tweets without crediting them. It's the number of original tweets that counts towards creating a Twitter storm and getting #loveTAs trending.

Please alert others on Twitter who might want to join in.

How can you help if you don't have Twitter?
  1. If you have Facebook you can post your messages about why you're striking, or why you support the teachers on the BBC Question Time Facebook page here
  2. Don't have a smartphone? You can still use your mobile to text Question Time. Details on how to are here

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