Time to develop the Teaching Assistants in your school

According to the National Audit Office, 52% of secondary schools in 2015-16 were forced to accept candidates without the required qualifications for teaching posts. In one in ten schools, they were unable to fill a vacancy altogether. So it’s no wonder that headteachers identify teacher recruitment as a major struggle with 62% saying they find it hard to fill posts.

The good news is that it isn’t your fault: you haven’t failed to make your school a sufficiently attractive place to teach. The bad news is that it is a systemic problem which is likely to get worse in the coming years.

Unfilled vacancies and teachers working outside their area of expertise add to the workload and stress. Staff burn out and leave the profession, making the problem worse for those they leave behind. That means schools face a vicious circle.

There must be another way. What school leaders need is another source of motivated, qualified staff who can get to work in the classroom without delay.

Teaching assistants: an untapped resource?

If you’re looking for a source of committed people who would make great teachers, the answer may be closer than you think: teaching assistants.

This report will show you how:

  • On average, every secondary school leader could expect to find at least four teaching assistants in their school with the qualifications and motivation to become a qualified teacher
  • You can expand your recruitment and retention strategy to include TAs and support staff
  • Schools can turn support staff into an organic source of motivated and committed secondary teachers
  • A real school has overcome their recruitment problems

Read the report today

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  • Access our free, four page report today
  • Includes guidance on turning TAs into teachers
  • Read a real case study from a school who has transformed recruitment and retention


"When a teaching assistant says they’d like to train as a teacher, they really mean it. They’ve seen the job intimately over the course of many years and they know exactly what they’re signing up for."