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This is an image made up of twelve drawings by Emily, a six year old child, each showing the head and shoulders an adult. Underneath each adult is written their name and role within Emily’s school as follows:

Rowena, nursery nurse

Kirsty, classroom assistant

Manju, special needs assistant

Ethna, parent helper

Sharon, learning mentor

Ray, teaching assistant

Colleen, student on placement

Bronwen, governor volunteer

Pratiba, bilingual assistant

Melian, adult volunteer

Carol, learning support assistant

 1 The rise of assistants