Teaching Assistant
Professional Standards

TA Professional Standards have been released, here's what you need to know...

The professional standards for teaching assistants are here. It’s been just under 2 years since the standards were originally commissioned. Schools now have a comprehensive set of evidence-informed frameworks, actionable recommendations and practical tools for transforming the way TAs are deployed and supported, to help them thrive in their role.

The standard's purpose is to raise the status and professionalism of teaching assistants and to position their role within a community of professionals, including teachers and school leaders, all working together to improve outcomes for children.

Although the standards are non-mandatory and non-statutory, their value is in helping schools define the complementary role, purpose and contribution of Teaching Assistants.

The standards are set out in four themes…

  • Personal and professional conduct
  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Teaching and learning
  • Working with others

Personal and professional conduct

Teaching assistants should uphold public trust in the education profession by:

  • Having proper and professional regard for the ethos, policies and practices of the school
  • Demonstrating positive attitudes, values and behaviours
  • Having regard for the need to safeguard pupils’ well-being Upholding values consistent with those required from teachers
  • Committing to improve their own practice

Knowledge and understanding

Teaching assistants are expected to:

  • Share responsibility for ensuring that their own knowledge and understanding is relevant and up to date
  • Take opportunities to acquire the appropriate skills, qualifications, and/or experience
  • Demonstrate expertise and skills in understanding the needs of all pupils
  • Demonstrate a level of subject and curriculum knowledge
  • Understand their roles and responsibilities within the classroom and whole school context recognising

Teaching and learning

Teaching assistants are expected to:

  • Demonstrate an informed and efficient approach to teaching and learning
  • Promote, support and facilitate inclusion Use effective behaviour management strategies consistently
  • Communicate effectively and sensitively with pupils
  • Maintain a stimulating and safe learning environment

Working with others

Teaching assistants are expected to:

  • Recognise and respect the role and contribution of other professionals, parents and carers
  • With the class teacher, keep other professionals accurately informed
  • Understand their responsibility to share knowledge
  • Understand their role
  • Communicate their knowledge and understanding of pupils

Whilst the standards may be used in support of any recruitment exercise, they should not be used as a checklist.

Teaching assistants can use the standards to shape their own practice and professional development within and beyond their school. Teachers and line managers could use the standards to inform the appraisal of teaching assistants. Employers can use them to support the recruitment and appointment of teaching assistants.

As every staff member has their own portfolio within SchooliP, you can choose to rate or guide Teaching Assistants against these standards all within SchooliP. This will allow a simple and effective way to measure performance and ensure that any objectives or targets are met. In addition, Teaching Assistants will clearly understand their priorities and will have an evidence portfolio demonstrating their achievements.


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