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 2015 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 2015

Teaching Assistant of the Year Competition

The winner of this year’s Teaching Assistant of the Year competition is

Aaron Critoph from Caister Academy in Great Yarmouth – Norfolk

Teaching Personnel would like to congratulate Aaron – winning this year was a fantastic achievement as the standard and volume of nominations was extremely high!

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"

Social Media Frenzy


In the run up to National Teaching Assistants' day there will be a frenzy of activity on social media to help raise the profile of these special people. There will be guides for new Teaching Assistants, supporting quotes from education commentators, Teaching Assistant book reviews and more!

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!

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

Party Packs!

Party Packs now out of stock. You can still join in the fun by downloading the banner template and selfie frame pdfs to print and cut out yourself!

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)