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Professional Standards for Teaching Assistants published by education experts

Public service union UNISON, school leaders’ union NAHT, the National Education Trust (NET) and Maximising Teaching Assistants today publish a set of Professional Standards for Teaching Assistants.


The standards were originally drafted by a working group of experts, commissioned by the DfE, who ultimately chose not to publish them.  The above group of organisations, interested in promoting the professional work of teaching assistants, asked for and was granted permission by the DfE to publish the standards, subject to it being made clear that the government is no longer involved with the document.


These teaching assistant standards are non-mandatory and non-statutory, but they sit alongside the statutory standards for teachers and head teachers and help to define the role and purpose of teaching assistants to ensure that schools can maximise the educational value and contribution of employees working directly with pupils.


Russell Hobby, general secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, said: “School leaders will welcome this publication, which helps to clarify and solidify the role of teaching assistants as a profession.  Teaching assistants are an increasingly important part of the education workforce when effectively deployed.”


Maximising TAs Lead, Rob Webster, said: “These standards will be welcomed by school leaders and TAs alike. Taken together with our evidence-informed guidance, schools now have a comprehensive set of practical frameworks and actionable recommendations for transforming the way TAs are deployed and supported and to help them thrive in their role”.

Page Published: 10/06/2016

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