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TA Workforce

Teaching Assistant Workforce

June 2023’s School workforce in England report provides an overview of the staff working in schools across England. This year’s workforce census revealed that 281,094 full-time equivalent teaching assistants are working in English schools.

Demographics

  • Female 90% 90%
  • Male 10% 10%

Age Demographic Summary

Of the 281,094 teaching assistants in England, the data also reveals that:

  • 86.3% are over the age of 30
  • 65.4% are over the age of 40
  • 13.7% are younger than 29

The 50-59 age group is currently the largest amongst the TA population with 28.6% of TAs falling between those ages. The number of teaching assistants between the ages of 50 and 59 has increased year-on-year since 2010.

Interestingly, the number of teaching assistants between the ages of 40 and 49 has dropped from 40.3% in 2010, to 27.4% this year – the largest change in any age group.

13.7% of teaching assistants are younger than the age of 29. This figure remains fairly similar and stable when looking at year-on-year data from 2010 to 2023.

Average age of Teaching Assistants

  • Under the age of 25 6.8% 6.8%
  • 25 – 29 7% 7%
  • 30 – 39 20.9% 20.9%
  • 40 – 49 27.4% 27.4%
  • 50 – 59 28.6% 28.6%
  • Over 60 9.3% 9.3%

Ethnicity Summary

White British is by far the most common ethnicity of teaching assistants in England, making up 83% of the TA population.

In 2011, 88.5% of teaching assistants were White British, which decreased to 83% in 2023. While it’s not a huge or dramatic change, it does show that the ethnic diversity of teaching assistants is increasing year-on-year, particularly for Asian and Asian British TAs – the group who have increased the most – from 4.7% in 2011 to 6.8% in 2023.

Black and Black British teaching assistants have seen the least growth, with 2.2% of the demographic in 2011 and 2.7% in 2023.

Ethnicity of Teaching Assistants

  • White British 83% 83%
  • Asian and Asian British 7% 7%
  • Other White Background 4.2% 4.2%
  • Black or Black British 2.7% 2.7%
  • Other Groups 2.8% 2.8%

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