What is a TA?

Teaching Assistants (TAs) are adults who support teachers in the classroom. TA duties can vary widely from school to school, ranging from providing classroom support working in partnership with the class teachers, to providing targeted subject specific interventions to individual pupils, small groups or whole classes of learners.

Duties could be:

  • Supporting or leading individuals or small groups of pupils
  • doing displays and creative tasks with children
  • classroom support
  • supporting children with special educational needs,
  • Leading or supporting sessions of literacy or numeracy.

If you like working with children and want to play a part in their education and wellbeing, this career could be ideal for you. You’ll need to the ability to work closely with parents and teachers. You’ll also need a required literacy and numeracy skills, as well as creative ideas for activities.


Salaries for full-time teaching assistants are between £13,000 and £18,000 a year. Salaries for full-time Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTAs) can start from £16,000 to £21,000 a year. Senior HLTAs can earn from £21,000 to £25,000. This will vary depending on which school you’re employed by and the responsibilities of individual jobs. Figures are intended as a guideline only.

All TA jobs available in Nottingham City are advertised here.

To find out more about TA/Support Staff roles, please contact

Suzanne Scrivens
Support Staff Professional Development Consultant
0115 8764561