The National Association of Professional Teaching Assistants (NAPTA) was set up to provide specialist services to an increasingly important group of staff in UK education settings: support staff. It has expanded from its original remit (of supporting staff with a teaching and learning focus) to cover all support roles in schools and other educational institutions.
NAPTA is not a union, and it does not have a political agenda. Rather, it aims to help support staff in schools and other education settings to develop as professionals by working in partnership with member schools and providing them with the tools and resources they need. To find out more about the work that NAPTA does in schools, see the Workforce Development Programme (WDP) section.
NAPTA also aims to disseminate information relevant to the development of the profession. A range of resources for support staff and their managers is published on this site.
NAPTA is run by education specialists, including experienced teaching assistants. It is part of Pearson Publishing Ltd.