Key information

  1. Reference: ST0454
  2. Date updated: 05/05/2023
  3. Level: 3
  4. Route: Education and early years
  5. Regulated occupation: No

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Teaching Assistants work in Primary, Special and Secondary education across all age ranges encompassing special educational needs and emotional vulnerabilities. The primary role of the Teaching Assistant is to support the class teacher to enhance pupils’ learning either in groups or individually, ensuring pupils understand the work set, know their learning objectives and stay on task in order to make progress. Promoting self-belief, social inclusion and a high self-esteem play an integral part to pupils’ well-being; ensuring pupils thrive in a positive, nurturing, safe environment. It is an active role supporting the learner to access the curriculum. They are good role models, act with honesty and integrity, take part in team meetings; contribute to planning and class activities. Promoting Fundamental British Values through spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and positive behaviours are crucial in contributing to improved pupil progress and development.

Typical job titles include:

Teaching Assistant



K1: Understand the need to provide feedback to support and facilitate an appropriate level of independence Back to Duty

K2: Comprehend appropriate levels of learning resources to identify and help address weakness, consolidate strengths and develop individualised expectations Back to Duty

K3: Recognise different stages of child development through school, eg: transition between key stages Back to Duty

K4: Recognise the importance of using appropriate technology to support learning Back to Duty

K5: Understand the need to accurately observe, record and report on pupils participation, conceptual understanding and progress to improve practice and assessment for different groups of pupils Back to Duty

K6: Understand the schools assessment procedures for benchmarking against targets set by the class teacher Back to Duty

K7: Be familiar with assessment materials Back to Duty

K8: An appropriate knowledge of the curriculum and context you are working in Back to Duty

K9: Understand current statutory guidance including Keeping Children Safe in Education Part 1, safeguarding policies, Prevent Strategy Back to Duty

K10: Understand the importance of sharing relevant information, in a timely manner with the designated Safeguarding lead. Understand the importance of first aid procedures, recording/reporting incidents and a broad knowledge of Health & Safety Policy Back to Duty


S1: Develop strategies to support and encourage pupils to move towards independent learning Back to Duty

S2: Use appropriately varied vocabulary to ensure pupils understanding Back to Duty

S3: Embed effective behaviour management strategies using discipline appropriately and fairly in line with the schools policy Back to Duty

S4: Deliver interventions in accordance with training given (RAG rating) Back to Duty

S5: Foster and encourage positive, effective, nurturing and safe learning environments inspiring pupils to take pride in and learn from their individual achievements Back to Duty

S6: Recognise, adapt and respond to all pupils encompassing SEN/emotional vulnerabilities, for example, use Makaton, visual timetables Back to Duty

S7: Work closely with teachers to ensure own contribution aligns with the teaching Back to Duty

S8: Ensure regular communication with teachers to provide clarity and consistency of role within lessons Back to Duty

S9: Deliver/lead small group teaching within clearly defined/planned parameters using initiative, sensitivity and understanding Back to Duty

S10: Build appropriate relationships with colleagues, pupils, parents, adults and stakeholders Back to Duty

S11: Comply with policy and procedures for sharing confidential information and know when and where to seek advice Back to Duty

S12: Implement current statutory guidance including Keeping Children Safe in Education Part 1, safeguarding policies, Prevent Strategy Back to Duty

S13: Undertake safeguarding training every 3 years Back to Duty

S14: Support pupils well-being whilst embedding the importance of online safety Back to Duty

S15: Contribute to a range of assessment processes and use information effectively for example: written records Back to Duty

S16: Use specific feedback to help pupils make progress Back to Duty

S17: Apply good subject knowledge to support accurate assessment Back to Duty

S18: Use school computer systems, including specialist software eg: online registration, intervention programmes and management information systems Back to Duty

S19: Use relevant technology competently and effectively to improve learning Back to Duty

S20: Ensure pupils use technology safely Back to Duty

S21: Use a range of strategies including scaffolding and open questioning skills to enable pupils to access and engage in learning Back to Duty

S22: Recognise the difference between pastoral and academic issues and model good behaviour for learning Back to Duty


B1: Flexibility, trust, professional conduct, confidentiality and being respectful Back to Duty

B2: Promote the schools efforts to build positive behaviour for learning Back to Duty

B3: Promote and exemplify positive behaviour and uphold the school ethos Back to Duty

B4: Be enthusiastic and open to new ideas Back to Duty

B5: Praise; provide constructive and specific feedback and support pupils, helping them to achieve their maximum potential socially, emotionally and academically through peer marking and reflection Back to Duty

B6: Keep pupils at the centre of everything Back to Duty

B7: Promote community cohesion and cultural diversity encompassing a full understanding of the schools ethos Back to Duty

B8: Demonstrate professional relationships in line with Staff Handbook Back to Duty

B9: Be diplomatic, a positive role model and maintain confidentiality Back to Duty

B10: Optimise learning opportunities and reflect on their personal development Back to Duty

B11: Demonstrate a willingness to learn and improve personal skill set Back to Duty

B12: Work collaboratively and constructively with the whole school team Back to Duty

B13: Engage professionally as appropriate with outside professionals Back to Duty

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