National Teaching Assistants’ Day 2023 Winners

Huge congratulations to our outstanding 2023 winners! This recognition is truely well-earned.

All TAs are superheros in our eyes!

National Teaching Assistants' Day

What is National Teaching Assistants’ Day?

National Teaching Assistants’ Day is an awareness day taking place for 2023 on Friday 29th September . Schools across the UK celebrate their own TAs and nominate their favourites for our Teaching Assistant of the Year award.

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of headteachers believe TAs add value to their school

Teaching assistants working in schools across the UK

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of parents of autistic children want more teaching assistants in UK schools

Why was the NTAD created?

Why was the awareness day created?

Teaching assistants work long hours in classrooms across the UK. Their vital work to support children’s education has always deserved greater recognition. This is a way to show them our thanks.

Why was the NTAD created?

Celebrate with us

Do you want to get involved and join in the fun? Here’s how you can mark National Teaching Assistants’ Day at your school.

NTAD Flyers

Download our party props

Party banners, thank you cards, and selfie frames for everyone. A party pack will be sent to all schools that nominate for the TA of the year competition.

Get them here →

NTAD Selfie Frames

Take a selfie

A great party should be allowed to live on. Capture the fun forever by taking a snap with one of our selfie frames.

NTAD Selfie

Share it

Let us know how you’re celebrating. Share your posts online using #NationalTADay and you could win a hamper.

My most rewarding moment as a Teaching Assistant was…

We asked you to share your special stories that sparked your love for teaching and made a lasting impact on your journey in education.

When I saw an ex-pupil who struggled at school now doing so well in their young adult life and they said to me “Thanks Miss for helping me, I am at college now”. Not taking any credit but was a nice moment.

Julie

When a young boy Y7 came up to me while I was on break duty to tell me his tooth had fell out. He was standing there holding it to show me. I said “when you get home put it under your pillow and see what the tooth fairy leaves you”. He replied, “my mum doesn’t have any money, so I won’t get anything”. I nearly cried. As soon as the break bell went, I ran to the staffroom grabbed a £1 from my purse and found him in the dinning room. I called him over and gave him the £1, his little face lit up, he was delighted, bless him.

Irene

When it was coming to the end of term and the year sixes were preparing to leave, one young lad who’s class I had worked with in KS1 and lower KS2 often gave me a hug. I said “oh G, what am I going to do when you go?”. He said “it’s ok Mrs Jackson, I’ll just give you more each day while I’m here” 🥰🥲 We have such special children 💕💕

Sandra

I’m a teacher and the bottom line is that Teaching Assistants are absolutely incredible and make a class work or fail.

Richard

TA of the Year

Teaching Assistant of the Year

On 29th September winners of the 8 categories and overall TA of the year award will be announced. If your school has a TA who always goes above and beyond for pupils, why not nominate them?

Winners are notified on the day and receive a trophy, voucher, and certificate!

Nominations for the 2023 TA of the Year awards are now closed, but you can still thank a TA online and celebrate with us!

Thank Your Teaching Assistant

Write a little tribute to your favourite TA and we’ll display it right here on the website.

Merci Melina

Melina is a very caring teacher assistant who always makes time for all the students. She always finds a way to juggle her responsibilities as a member of the staff and being a fantastic mother to her children.

Mental and Physical wellbeing lead

I would like to nominate Anne Smith at Evergreen Primary school for her continued hard work and long term service to our school and its pupils. Anne has always given 100% to the pupils in her class, going above and beyond to ensure the children have a positive...

Mental and Physical wellbeing lead

I would like to nominate Anne Smith at Evergreen Primary school for her continued hard work and long term service to our school and its pupils. Anne has always given 100% to the pupils in her class, going above and beyond to ensure the children have a positive...

Mental and Physical wellbeing lead

I would like to nominate Anne Smith at Evergreen Primary school for her continued hard work and long term service to our school and its pupils. Anne has always given 100% to the pupils in her class, going above and beyond to ensure the children have a positive...

Mental and Physical wellbeing lead

I would like to nominate Anne Smith at Evergreen Primary school for her continued hard work and long term service to our school and its pupils. Anne has always given 100% to the pupils in her class, going above and beyond to ensure the children have a positive...

Mental and Physical wellbeing lead

I would like to nominate Anne Smith at Evergreen Primary school for her continued hard work and long term service to our school and its pupils. Anne has always given 100% to the pupils in her class, going above and beyond to ensure the children have a positive...

Teacher at Oaklands Catholic School

I would like to thank Olga Kokoszaka for supprot our MFL SEND students at Oaklands Catholic School. She spends her free time preparing to teach 1to1 lessons in MFL to students who need more time and support on their language learning journey. Her support has helped...

Teacher at Oaklands Catholic School

I would like to thank Olga Kokoszaka for supprot our MFL SEND students at Oaklands Catholic School. She spends her free time preparing to teach 1to1 lessons in MFL to students who need more time and support on their language learning journey. Her support has helped...