TA of the Year Competition

Our annual competition is the cherry on the top of National Teaching Assistants’ Day. Take a look at the winning TAs of the Year from primary schools, secondary schools and special schools.

2023 TA of the Year Winners

Primary TA of the Year

Kellie Parker

Primary TA of the Year

Kellie Parker

Secondary TA of the Year

Kerry Mills

SEN TA of the Year

Samantha Lowe

HLTA Primary Teaching Assistant of the Year

Insiyah Dungarwalla

HLTA Secondary Teaching Assistant of the Year

Chloe Llewellyn

HLTA Special School Teaching Assistant of the Year

Jack Ball

Apprentice Teaching Assistant of the Year

Kellie Parker

2022 TA of the Year Winners

Primary TA of the Year

Kelly Oatway

John Perryn Primary School, London W3

Kelly supports the children with their emotional well-being as well as supporting them academically daily. She looks after the library and our school chickens – even in the holidays – organises events and ensures that no child is left behind in their learning and at playtime.

Over the years, Kelly has been heavily involved with the PTA, attended residential visits and educational trips as well as organising the Year 6 leavers’ prom and she also resources their production with props and scenery. She also runs several after school clubs including cooking and gardening and ran the breakfast club for a long time too.

She puts up displays around the school constantly and supports every teacher whenever they need ideas for their own. Every child in the school knows Ms. Oatway and every person respects and cares for her.

Primary TA of the Year

Kelly Oatway

John Perryn Primary School, London W3

Kelly supports the children with their emotional well-being as well as supporting them academically daily. She looks after the library and our school chickens – even in the holidays – organises events and ensures that no child is left behind in their learning and at playtime.

Over the years, Kelly has been heavily involved with the PTA, attended residential visits and educational trips as well as organising the Year 6 leavers’ prom and she also resources their production with props and scenery. She also runs several after school clubs including cooking and gardening and ran the breakfast club for a long time too.

She puts up displays around the school constantly and supports every teacher whenever they need ideas for their own. Every child in the school knows Ms. Oatway and every person respects and cares for her.

Secondary TA of the Year

Roy McQuade

Bradford Bolling College, Bradford BD3

Students’ abilities and needs vary but Roy possesses superior adaptability skills to cater for everybody who he works with. Roy attends school every day with a smile and is always attentive to the students’ needs as well as using his initiative to accommodate any last-minute changes.

Roy volunteered to support the forest school activities run for all new starters in school. Roy would attend and support the students regardless of the weather or the size or needs of the groups. The project lasted a full year and was a huge success thanks to Roy’s passion and determination.

Roy encapsulates of our school culture of teamwork and resilience, and we are very fortunate to have Roy work with our children.

SEN TA of the Year

Jo Hart

Grangetown Primary, Middlesbrough, TS6

Jo makes the children at Grangetown Primary love coming to school! The children know that each morning, they will be greeted with a big welcoming smile and have the support they need throughout the day. Despite diagnoses of moderate to severe learning delays, children who work with Jo make exceptional progress. Jo makes our children feel loved, safe and capable of achieving amazing things every day.

Jo has run booster sessions to support children to catch-up after the COVID pandemic.

Social Media TA of the Year

Sue Jennett

Suffolk

My Twins Specialist TA for 7 years has been amazing – Sue has supported them throughout Primary School with Speech and language, My Sons Hearing loss diagnosis, anxiety support with Gym trail, and Relaxation Sessions, and more recently Dyslexia Support for my other Son, building his confidence and helping him to believe in himself.

During lockdown Sue sent both boys lovely handmade lavender bags and cards to support them, along with knitting “worry worms” for the children to tell their worries to. She has also been a great source of support for us parents – she has just retired this last month, but she absolutely deserves this award.

2020 TA of the Year Winners

Primary TA of the Year

Ragini Patel

Ragini Patel

Not only does Ragini have such a profound and positive impact to children’s lives here at Tudor Primary school, she is also a hero outside of school. During lockdown Ragini was working as a volunteer 7 days a week delivering food parcels and as an activity co-ordinator supporting inpatients at the West Middlexes hospital; organising games, and offering support.

TA of the Year

Dylan Allen

Dylan Allen

Dylan always goes above and beyond in every school he is sent to; in his last role he learned that the pupil attended lego therapy sessions so took it upon himself to go to the library after school and print resources to help the pupil in these sessions. He quickly established a strong relationship with the pupil’s parents who were overwhelmed with how supportive Dylan was and at the impact he had made on the pupil’s confidence and academic progress.

Primary TA of the Year

Ragini Patel

Ragini Patel

Not only does Ragini have such a profound and positive impact to children’s lives here at Tudor Primary school, she is also a hero outside of school. During lockdown Ragini was working as a volunteer 7 days a week delivering food parcels and as an activity co-ordinator supporting inpatients at the West Middlexes hospital; organising games, and offering support.

Secondary TA of the Year

Julia Sullivan

Julia Sullivan

Julia is able to switch from supporting year 7 students with moderate learning difficulties to year 11 students with high functioning autism with ease and always knows the right thing to say. She really ‘gets’ the students and understands how to balance their needs as teenagers – not wanting to appear different – with their need for support.

SEN TA of the Year

Charlotte Webber

Charlotte Webber

Over 90% of the school population are non-verbal and a large cohort with high sensory needs and also present with some challenging behaviour. Pupils out of routine coming to school and the majority not understanding why they are not in school presented parents with difficulties. Charlotte supported both parents and class staff making specific resources around communication, sensory stories and individualised resources for pupils and hand delivered them to their home.

Social Media TA of the Year

Carol Ashford

Carol Ashford

Carol, a truly remarkable and heroic TA, was nominated by her colleague Jessica Hand. During lockdown she continual checked in, supported and went above and beyond to help our school children- even helping to give her year 6 children the send-off they deserved!

2019 TA of the Year Winners

Primary TA of the Year

Punam Sharma

Punam Sharma

Punam was nominated by Thornbury Primary Leadership Academy in Bradford, who applauded the positivity and encouragement she shows to all pupils.

Primary TA of the Year

Punam Sharma

Punam Sharma

Punam was nominated by Thornbury Primary Leadership Academy in Bradford, who applauded the positivity and encouragement she shows to all pupils.

Secondary TA of the Year

Antonia Todd

Antonia Todd

Antonia is a caring and dedicated individual who has acted as a key adult for some of our most vulnerable and complex students. She understands their needs, and helps them to understand themselves better and is always there as a calm and collected safe person when needed.

SEN TA of the Year

Janet Skillen

Janet Skillen

Ultimately Jan is the sort of colleague every workplace needs. Her glass is always half-full. She sees and seeks the best in everyone – children and adults. Her enthusiasm and passion is such a valuable resource. And we love her. Thank you, Jan.

2018 TA of the Year Winners

Primary TA of the Year

Jodie Jarvis

Jodie Davis

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.

Primary TA of the Year

Jodie Jarvis

Jodie Davis

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.

Secondary TA of the Year

Jacqueline McQuade

Jacqueline McQuade

Jacqueline was nominated by Regent High School in London for her crucial work running literacy interventions for students. 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.

SEN TA of the Year

Francesca Bennett

Francesca Bennet

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.

Past Winners

2017 Winner

Jane Middleton

Jane Middleton

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.

2017 TA of the Year

Jane Middleton

Jane Middleton

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.

2016 TA of the Year

Lyndsay Pepper

Lindsey Pepper

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!

2015 TA of the Year

Aaron Critoph

Aaron Critoph

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.

2014 TA of the Year

Dave Higgs

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.

2013 TA of the Year

Bev Hodgins

Bev Hodgins

Her extensive knowledge of the children is extraordinary. She enthusiastically plans and leads whole school activities on special occasions.

2012 TA of the Year

Christine Hussey

Christine Hussey

Christine never goes an extra mile; she runs a marathon every day for the children in her care.