The percentage of headteachers who believe Teaching Assistants add value to their school
The number of Teaching Assistants working in schools across the UK. An increase from 71,800 in 2002.
The percentage of parents with autistic children who want more Teaching Assistants in UK schools
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 2017 event bigger and better than ever!
"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."
"We know that support staff can make a real difference to the achievement of pupils with special educational needs and disabilities",
Tell us why you love being a TA- this could be an anecdote or amusing event that has happened to you whilst at school or you could describe what being a Teaching Assistant means to you or what impact you feel you are making towards the children in your school.
We will be sharing as many of these as we can during and after the day to make sure that everyone knows the amazing job that Teaching Assistants do on a daily basis!
Celebrating on the 15th this year as the 16th is a Saturday!
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.
Each year Teaching Personnel and other National Teaching Assistants' Day partners launch a number of special offers for Teaching Assistants.
On 15th 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!
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.
"Christine never goes an extra mile; she runs a marathon every day for the children in her care."
"Her extensive knowledge of the children is extraordinary. She enthusiastically plans and leads whole school activities on special occasions"
"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"
"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."
"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!"
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Click on a picture below to download the frame you want as a PDF or Download all of them! (4MB PDF)