Educational Support Assistant

Educational support assistants work with teachers to provide one-to-one support for children with particular learning needs.


  • Provides feedback to teachers and completes and maintains records.
  • Attends to child.
  • Helps and encourages child to communicate.
  • Implements care programmes, as appropriate.
  • Identifies signs of distress and offers reassurance.
  • Helps child understand instruction through a variety of means and encourages self-confidence and independence.
  • Supports schoolwork under teacher.

Typical Education Level

Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 17% 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 educational support assistant is £10,985

4,138 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 4,138. 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 educational support assistant roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £10,985 per year. That is about £915 per month or £5.63 per hour. New workers generally start on £4,534, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £19,682

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, 4,138 people are employed in the region.

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