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Teaching assistants

Average National Salaries (2020)

Age 20

£12,480 pile of coins

Age 35

£20,800 pile of coins

Age 50

£22,880 pile of coins
Average salary in the East Midlands: £16,120

What does this career do?

Teaching assistants assist teachers with their day-to-day classroom work and with routine administrative tasks.

Typical tasks

  • assists teacher with preparation or clearing up of classroom
  • looks after lesson materials such as paper, pencils and crayons
  • listens to children read, reads to them or tells stories
  • assists children with washing or dressing for outdoor and similar activities
  • makes simple teaching aids and constructs thematic displays of educational material or children’s work
  • helps with outings and other out-of-classroom activities.

Current entry requirements

Academic qualifications may be required by some employers, although entry is possible with relevant experience (possibly on a voluntary basis) alone. An NVQ Level 2 qualification is available. CRB clearance is mandatory.

Percentage in work

  • Employed

  • Unemployed


Due to insufficient sample sizes, some data was excised.

Predicted employment status in 2022

  • Full-time

  • Part-time

  • Self Employed

Predicted employment levels in the East Midlands

Career related courses available at West Notts

About the statistics

Data is powered by LMI for All and is sourced from labour market statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the Institute for Employment Research, the Department for Works and Pensions, and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

Next steps

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