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 2019 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",


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 #nationaltaday 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

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

Secondary Teaching Assistant of the Year

Antonia Todd from Marine Academy Plymouth

Nominated by Karen Merricks (SENCO)

Primary Teaching Assistant of the Year

Punam Sharma from Thornbury Primary Leadership Academy– Bradford

Nominated by Clare Daddy (Principal)

SEN Teaching Assistant of the Year

Janet Skillen from Hayfield School – Wirral

Nominated by Sue Wilson (Deputy Head)

Teaching Personnel would like to congratulate Antonia, Punam and Janet on winning this year - a fantastic achievement as the standard and volume of nominations was higher than ever!

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!

Teaching Assistants across the UK joining in the FUN!

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!

Get In Touch

National TA Day Partners 2019

Teaching Personnel- Proud Creators of National TA Day

Teaching Personnel

A Volunteer Teaching Assistant to provide support for a day in your school (subject to availability) - Get in contact for more details www.teachingpersonnel.com.

Judicium Education

Judicium Education

25% off their Data Protection Officer service if signed up by 30th September 2019 T&C's apply see TA Day Partner terms for more details. www.judiciumeducation.co.uk

New Skills Academy

New Skills Academy

90% discount on the listed full price of the “Level 2 Teaching Assistant Diploma” during September 2019 using code TEACH90 T&C's apply see TA Day Partner terms for more details. www.newskillsacademy.co.uk

Bloomsbury Education

Bloomsbury Education

30% discount on all Bloomsbury Education books in September and October 2019 using code TATP2019. T&C's apply see TA Day Partner terms for more details. www.bloomsbury.com/uk/education

School Stickers

School Stickers

£5 discount on purchases over £15 until December 2019 using code NTAD2019 T&C's apply see TA Day Partner terms for more details. www.schoolstickers.com