The National Association of Professional Teaching Assistants (NAPTA) was set up to provide specialist services to a vitally important group of staff in UK education settings: teaching assistants.

In 2020, NAPTA partnered with the Association of International School Teaching Assistants (AISTA) to reach and support teaching assistants working all over the world.

NAPTA is not a union, and it does not have a political agenda. Rather, it aims to help teaching assistants in schools and other education settings to develop as professionals by working in partnership with schools and providing them with the tools and resources they need.

NAPTA is run by education specialists, including experienced teaching assistants.

NAPTA’s Teaching Assistant Development Programme (TADP) is based on the National Occupational Standards for Supporting Teaching and Learning. These provide a practical framework to help evaluate staff's knowledge and skills, giving staff and managers an insight into:

  • what their current skills are
  • how they might develop their skills
  • how they might broaden their role to take advantage of the skills that they already have.

“As a training school, the training needs of all our staff are really important to us, and we are very pleased that, with the help of NAPTA, we have been able to make a huge difference to the training of our support staff this year.”

Caroline Roche, Resource Centre Manager
Holmesdale Technology College

“By working with NAPTA, we have been able to identify and focus specific support to areas that have the highest need. This year, support and training has been allocated to EAL pupils, whose numbers are growing greatly.”

Mrs Chris Atkinson, Head of Learning Support
The Hereford Academy

NAPTA, 10 Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 1JP — tel 01223 224930 — email