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Teaching assistant Average UK Salary & Prospects

Teaching assistants support teachers and help children with reading, writing and learning activities.

  • help teachers prepare lesson materials and equipment
  • get the classroom ready for lessons and clear away afterwards
  • work with groups and individual pupils to make sure they understand their work and stay focussed
  • watch, record and report pupils' progress to teachers
  • supervise group activities, including outings and sports events
  • provide a safe and
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Teaching assistants typically work around 32 to 40 hours per week.

As a Teaching assistant you will typically work evenings.

This occupation tends to be:

  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
  • Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out
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* from ONETonline
Average salary
17,923 GBP *
per year
11,500 GBP
23,000 GBP
5+ Experience
* data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
Average salary for Teaching assistant

Men make 11% more than Women
10% of Teaching assistants are men
  • 19,750 GBP
  • 17,637 GBP
Average salary for part-time Teaching assistant
Average salary for full-time Teaching assistant

  • 10,231 GBP
  • 10,261 GBP
  • 9,744 GBP
  • 17,923 GBP
  • 17,637 GBP
  • 19,750 GBP
Pay over time for Teaching assistant

Pay for this role has increased over time
  • 16,276 GBP
  • 16,311 GBP
  • 16,675 GBP
  • 16,774 GBP
  • 17,226 GBP
  • 17,923 GBP

Future outlook for Teaching assistants

Very good outlook
335 000+ jobs available
Balanced outlook
2% yearly wage growth (on average)
Balanced outlook
49% chance of automation in the future

Teaching assistant - Your future job?

Which qualifications do I need?

Find out what you need to know in order to become a Teaching assistant and the highest average level of education for people in this role.

In terms of people already doing this job:

  • 30% of people in this role have a certificate of higher education or equivalent but no degree
  • 23% of people in this role have a Bachelor's degree
  • 19% of people in this role have GCSEs or equivalent

You can take a college qualification to get started, for example:

  • Level 2 or 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education
  • T level in Education

You'll need:

  • sensitivity and understanding for building good relationships with children
  • excellent verbal communication skills for motivating children to learn
  • active listening skills to understand the childrens' needs
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be flexible and open to change for working on different activities
  • to enjoy working with other people
  • the ability to teach pupils how to do something
  • the ability to create the best conditions for learning or teaching new things
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Get the right qualification to begin your journey to becoming a Teaching assistant

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Things to highlight for your Teaching assistant interview

Attention to Detail Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. Integrity Job requires being honest and ethical. Dependability Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. Cooperation Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. Independence Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.

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