Welcome to NAPTA

The National Association of Professional Teaching Assistants (NAPTA) has been helping teaching assistants in schools develop as professionals for 20 years. Working in partnership with Anspear, NAPTA delivers the renowned Teaching Assistant Development Programme (TADP), giving TAs personalised opportunities to enhance their classroom performance.

NAPTA is an organisation that has worked with thousands of schools and other education settings across the UK to help realise the potential of teaching assistants. It provides a range of specialist services, including resources and support for performance management and CPD, to help individuals develop in supporting learning and to deliver whole-school improvement.

NAPTA offers a range of benefits designed to make a significant contribution to:

  • teaching assistant development
  • preparation for inspection
  • improving teaching quality and outcomes
  • saving time for middle and senior leaders.

In response to requests from around the world, NAPTA has significantly extended its reach through the launch of the Association of International School Teaching Assistants (AISTA) in 2020. AISTA's mission is the same as NAPTA's, but its activities focus on supporting international schools and their staff outside the UK.

Anspear and NAPTA are partnering with the University of Buckingham to give TAs who wish to become primary school teachers the unique opportunity to achieve a BA (Hons) in Primary Education. The course is fully distance learning, so TAs can keep working in a paid job while they study. Click on the links below for more information:

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