Celebrating National Teaching Assistants’ Day


Teaching assistants play a pivotal role in the development of young people, providing support for school staff so that all pupils can maximise their potential.

To celebrate this important contribution to the education system, National Teaching Assistants’ Day is marked annually on 16 September.

There is currently the full-time equivalent of more than 265,000 teaching assistants in schools in England, according to the latest school workforce census.

As well as assisting in the classroom to both teachers and pupils, the contribution of these staff is widely recognised by headteachers too, as 96% of heads believes that TAs add value to their schools.

From helping to provide a safe and secure learning environment to facilitating different learning activities, each teaching assistant can bring fresh approaches and ideas into the classroom.

Marking National Teaching Assistants’ Day takes on greater importance in 2020, as it provides an opportunity to acknowledge every member of staff that provided support at a time when the coronavirus pandemic was causing widespread disruption to education.

Schools from across England and Wales are also encouraged to nominate their teaching assistants for a Teaching Assistant of the Year competition.

With a winner set to be named for primary, secondary schools, and special schools, it’s a chance to recognise the contribution of TAs both in and out of the classroom.

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