National Teaching Assistants’ Day

The 16th September 2019 is National Teaching Assistants’ Day. Today celebrates the importance of Teaching Assistants’ across the UK.

It is for rewarding the inspirational work that teaching assistants’ do, to support and assist the education of school children.


What is the role of a teaching assistant?

A teaching assistants’ main duties are supporting children’s learning and assisting the main teacher with the class. They reduce the workload for the teacher, making lessons run smoother and effectively.


Examples of their duties:

  • Helping students who need additional support with work.
  • Teaching students one-on-one or in small groups.
  • Attending school trips, outings and events.
  • Encouraging students’ independent learning skills.
  • Listening to children read aloud.


In 2018, there were 263,900 teaching assistants recorded in the UK. This increased from 71,800 in 2002.

Additionally, they provide support for children with learning difficulties and children learning English as a second language.

Teaching Assistants play an important role in children’s learning and confidence. Celebrate and reward the importance of their duties today, on National Teaching Assistants’ Day.


Read more about it here.