TA of the Year Competition

Our annual competition is the cherry on the top of National Teaching Assistants’ Day. On 16 September, we will pick our winning TAs of the Year from primary schools, secondary schools and special schools.

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How to get involved

Reacognise your Teaching Assistant

1. Recognise

Think about the work that TAs do in your school

2. Nominate

Submit your superstar TA to our TA of the Year competition

How are winners announced?

3. Celebrate

Get the party started on 16 September

TA of the Year Winners

Meet some of our TA heroes from previous years

Our 2020 Winners

Julia Sullivan

Julia Sullivan

Secondary TA of the Year

Julia is able to switch from supporting year 7 students with moderate learning difficulties to year 11 students with high functioning autism with ease and always knows the right thing to say. She really ‘gets’ the students and understands how to balance their needs as teenagers – not wanting to appear different – with their need for support.
Ragini Patel

Ragini Patel

Primary TA of the Year

Not only does Ragini have such a profound and positive impact to children’s lives here at Tudor Primary school, she is also a hero outside of school. During lockdown Ragini was working as a volunteer 7 days a week delivering food parcels and as an activity co-ordinator supporting inpatients at the West Middlexes hospital; organising games, and offering support.
Charlotte Webber

Charlotte Webber

SEN TA of the Year

Over 90% of the school population are non-verbal and a large cohort with high sensory needs and also present with some challenging behaviour. Pupils out of routine coming to school and the majority not understanding why they are not in school presented parents with difficulties. Charlotte supported both parents and class staff making specific resources around communication, sensory stories and individualised resources for pupils and hand delivered them to their home.
Dylan Allen

Dylan Allen

TA of the Year

Dylan always goes above and beyond in every school he is sent to; in his last role he learned that the pupil attended lego therapy sessions so took it upon himself to go to the library after school and print resources to help the pupil in these sessions. He quickly established a strong relationship with the pupil’s parents who were overwhelmed with how supportive Dylan was and at the impact he had made on the pupil’s confidence and academic progress.

Carol Ashford

Carol Ashford

Social Media TA of the Year

Carol, a truly remarkable and heroic TA, was nominated by her colleague Jessica Hand. During lockdown she continual checked in, supported and went above and beyond to help our school children- even helping to give her year 6 children the send-off they deserved!

Our 2019 Winners

Antonia Todd

Antonia Todd

Secondary TA of the Year

Antonia is a caring and dedicated individual who has acted as a key adult for some of our most vulnerable and complex students. She understands their needs, and helps them to understand themselves better and is always there as a calm and collected safe person when needed.

Punam Sharma

Punam Sharma

Primary TA of the Year

Punam was nominated by Thornbury Primary Leadership Academy in Bradford, who applauded the positivity and encouragement she shows to all pupils.

Janet Skillen

Janet Skillen

SEN TA of the Year

Ultimately Jan is the sort of colleague every workplace needs. Her glass is always half-full. She sees and seeks the best in everyone – children and adults. Her enthusiasm and passion is such a valuable resource. And we love her. Thank you, Jan.

Our 2018 Winners

Jodie Jarvis

Jodie Davis

Primary TA of the Year

Jodie has a fantastic relationship with the parents and outside agencies involved with her key children, she takes the time to build relationships, listen and understands their views to make sure that school is positive and welcoming for them. There really is no end to her commitment for the children in our class.

Jacqueline McQuade

Jacqueline McQuade

Secondary TA of the Year

Jacqueline was nominated by Regent High School in London for her crucial work running literacy interventions for students. She is the lead TA for literacy interventions for students across the school which involves managing a team of TAs who work on a one-to-one and small group basis with students whose literacy is significantly below their age-related expectation.

Francesca Bennett

Francesca Bennet

SEN TA of the Year

Fran is Little Miss Sunshine, everywhere she goes she spreads light and happiness. Staff in any school may be the most expensive resource, but if staff are like Fran, every single penny is well spent.

Our 2017 Winner

Jane Middleton

Jane Middleton

TA of the Year

“Jane has a tremendous work ethic. She works tirelessly to ensure that students who require exam access arrangements are allocated exam rooms with TA Staff”

Our 2016 Winner

Lyndsay Pepper

Lindsey Pepper

TA of the Year

“Lindsey supports students with organising support and provision before school starts, she supervises CHAT support during lunchtimes and breaks and she stays after school to help anyone at all who needs help… Not to mention the lovely cakes she bakes for the other TA staff too!”

Our 2015 Winner

Aaron Critoph

Aaron Critoph

TA of the Year

“Aaron has worked relentlessly to support a pupil with complex needs. There has been times when we have felt that we were not able to meet the pupils needs, but Aaron has consistently thought and created innovative approaches to motivate and support the pupils.”

Our 2014 Winner

Dave Higgs

Dave Higgs

TA of the Year

“Dave will speak to and visit families and is always available to parents at the end of the school day. I spend my management life apologising to Dave for impacting on his PPA to assist pupils or organise events”

Our 2013 Winner

Bev Hodgins

Bev Hodgins

TA of the Year

“Her extensive knowledge of the children is extraordinary. She enthusiastically plans and leads whole school activities on special occasions”

Our 2012 Winner

Christine Hussey

Christine Hussey

TA of the Year

“Christine never goes an extra mile; she runs a marathon every day for the children in her care.”