Teaching Assistant

Teaching assistants assist teachers with their day-to-day classroom work and with routine administrative tasks.


  • Helps with outings and other out-of-classroom activities.
  • Makes simple teaching aids and constructs thematic displays of educational material or children.
  • Assists children with washing or dressing for outdoor and similar activities.
  • Listens to children read, reads to them or tells stories.
  • Looks after lesson materials such as paper, pencils and crayons.
  • Assists teacher with preparation or clearing up of classroom.

Typical Education Level

Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 18% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data


Average annual earnings

The current average wage for teaching assistant is £12,613

8,155 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 8,155. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.


Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for teaching assistant roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £12,613 per year. That is about £1,051 per month or £6.47 per hour. New workers generally start on £5,102, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £20,332

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 8,155 people are employed in the region.

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