Value to Schools

The percentage of headteachers who believe Teaching Assistants add value to their school


Important Resource

The number of Teaching Assistants working in schools across the UK. An increase from 71,800 in 2002.


Supporting Special Needs

The percentage of parents with autistic children who want more Teaching Assistants in UK schools

Why the National Awareness Day was created

Recognising the Contribution of TAs

National Teaching Assistants' Day was created by Teaching Personnel to recognise the valuable contribution Teaching Assistants make to the education and support of school children across the UK. On National Teaching Assistants' Day we want schools across the UK to join in the celebrations making the 2018 event bigger and better than ever!

The Impact of Teaching Assistants

Sonia Blandford (Achievement for All 3As)

"The impact teaching assistants can make in relation to improving progress in reading, writing and maths for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities is profound."

Sarah Teather (Previous Childrens Minister)

"We know that support staff can make a real difference to the achievement of pupils with special educational needs and disabilities",

When is National Teaching Assistants' Day?

14th September 2018

Celebrating on the 14th this year as the 16th is a Sunday!

Social Media Frenzy


To help us spread the word, tell your friends on Facebook and Twitter about National Teaching Assistants' Day. Simply use the hashtag #natonaltaday and send them a link to this website.

Special offers

Each year Teaching Personnel and other National Teaching Assistants' Day partners launch a number of special offers for Teaching Assistants.

School Celebrations

On 14th September schools across England and Wales are encouraged to celebrate their Teaching Assistant workforce. From staffroom parties to special school assemblies, let's make Teaching Assistants feel appreciated on their special day!

Get a National Teaching Assistants' Day Twibbon

Add a National Teaching Assistants' Day Twibbon to your Twitter and Facebook profile pictures.

A Twibbon is a small image, in this case the National Teaching Assistants' Day logo, that sits on top of your profile picture to show your support for National Teaching Assistants' Day.

All you need to do is to follow the link to our Twibbon page and follow the simple instructions.

Get A National Teaching Assistants Day Twibbon here

Teaching Assistant of the Year Competition

14th September 2018

Nominate a Teaching Assistant here...

Every year as part of National Teaching Assistants' Day, Teaching Personnel announce the winner of their Teaching Assistant of the Year competition. If you would like to nominate a Teaching Assistant at your school you can do so before the 12th September deadline.

See the fun that we had last year for some inspiration

2017 Jane Middleton

Wreake Valley Academy – Syston, Leicestershire

"Jane is an integral part of the team..."

"A sixth form student describes the support offered: 'if it wasn't for you I wouldn't still be in education'."

"Jane works steadfastly to ensure that students who need a 'safe haven' or a phased return or a quiet place to work have access to it. There are days when we expect no one and yet the room becomes full; 15 students from Years 7 to 11 working together, in a remarkably quiet, hard working atmosphere. They are there for a whole variety of reasons; anxiety, medical, struggling with daily life. The ethos is better here than at home, better in lessons than in here. Jane works to ensure that Staff and students can work together and the transition back into lessons where teaching can be done happens efficiently and with due regard to the students' needs."

2012 Christine Hussey


"Christine never goes an extra mile; she runs a marathon every day for the children in her care."

2013 Bev Hodgins


"Her extensive knowledge of the children is extraordinary. She enthusiastically plans and leads whole school activities on special occasions"

2014 Dave Higgs


"Dave will speak to and visit families and is always available to parents at the end of the school day. I spend my management life apologising to Dave for impacting on his PPA to assist pupils or organise events"

2015 Aaron Critoph

Great Yarmouth

"Aaron has worked relentlessly to support a pupil with complex needs. There has been times when we have felt that we were not able to meet the pupils needs, but Aaron has consistently thought and created innovative approaches to motivate and support the pupils."

2016 Lyndsay Pepper

South Wales Valleys

"Lindsey supports students with organising support and provision before school starts, she supervises CHAT support during lunchtimes and breaks and she stays after school to help anyone at all who needs help... Not to mention the lovely cakes she bakes for the other TA staff too!"

Let's Party!

Hold an Event!

Consider holding your own event to celebrate National Teaching Assistants' Day!

Last year schools held staffroom parties, organised lunchtime and after school parties involving staff and pupils, delivered special TA mentions in assemblies and much, much, more! If you decide to have an event to celebrate your Teaching Assistants, let us help you share it! Email your photos to facebook@teachingpersonnel.com or come and see us at facebook

Party Packs!

We still have a small number of National Teaching Assistants' Day party packs remaining. If you would like to order a pack to help you celebrate at your school, please email nationaltaday@teachingpersonnel.com. Available while stocks last.

Selfie Frames!

Join in the fun with with these National Teaching Assistants' Day selfie frames! Print them out, stick onto some cardboard and cut out for lots of selfie fun! Remember to share your selfies with us at facebook@teachingpersonnel.com

Click on a picture below to download the frame you want as a PDF or Download all of them! (4MB PDF)

Get In Touch

Career & CPD Opportunities

Teaching Personnel will continue to champion the role of the Teaching Assistant in schools and are proactively enhancing the careers and opportunities available to our Teaching Assistant job seekers through the delivery of professional development courses and qualifications. If you want to find out more about how Teaching Personnel support Teaching Assistants, visit our website www.teachingpersonnel.com.

Become a Partner

If you wish to become a National Teaching Assistants’ Day partner - and feel you can add something to support Teaching Assistants, please email nationaltaday@teachingpersonnel.com.