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?

16th September 2019

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 16th 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

16th September 2019

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

The winners of last year’s Teaching Assistant of the Year competition are:

2018 Primary Teaching Assistant of the Year

Jodie Jarvis from Mount Charles School – Cornwall

Nominated by Jess Carew (Area Resource Base Manager)

Jodie has a fantastic relationship with the parents and outside agencies involved with her key children, she takes the time to build relationships, listen and understands their views to make sure that school is positive and welcoming for them. There really is no end to her commitment for the children in our class.

2018 Secondary Teaching Assistant of the Year

Jacqueline McQuade from Regent High School – London

Nominated by Richard Harrison (Director of Community Engagement)

Jacqueline starts work before most staff members have risen from their beds! She is the lead TA for literacy interventions for students across the school which involves managing a team of TAs who work on a one-to-one and small group basis with students whose literacy is significantly below their age-related expectation. Jacqueline even trained herself in ways to communicate with a non-verbal student to share her thoughts and feelings.

2018 SEN Teaching Assistant of the Year

Francesca Bennett from Chiltern Wood School – Buckinghamshire

Nominated by Bradley Taylor (Head Teacher)

Fran is Little Miss Sunshine, everywhere she goes she spreads light and happiness. Staff in any school may be the most expensive resource, but if staff are like Fran, every single penny is well spent.

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!"

2017 Jane Middleton

Wreake Valley Academy – Syston, Leicestershire

"Jane has a tremendous work ethic. She works tirelessly to ensure that students who require exam access arrangements are allocated exam rooms with TA Staff"

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"

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.