The national occupational standards (NOS) for supporting teaching and learning in schools (STL) replace the national occupational standards for teaching and classroom assistants (TA/CA NOS). The name of the standards has been changed to reflect their broader scope, but the teaching assistant role is still very much at the centre of the new standards.

Teaching assistants (TAs) may have other responsibilities as part of their overall job role, or may specialise in a particular area of work.

There are a range of NOS for STL that are relevant to the teaching assistant role. There is no expectation that an individual would need to meet all of these standards; rather, they cover a range of activities that a teaching assistant may be asked to do as part of their job.

The following NOS for STL are relevant to teaching assistants.

STL unit Who is this unit for?
STL7 Support the use of information and communication technology for
teaching and learning
This unit is for those who help with the setting up and use of ICT resources to support teaching and
learning.
STL8 Use information and communication
technology to support pupils’
learning
This unit is for those who work under the direction of a teacher to support pupils’ learning using ICT.
STL9 Observe and report on pupil
performance
This unit is for those who contribute to the assessment of pupils by teachers. It involves working under the direction of the teacher to observe pupil performance and reporting the results of the observations to the teacher.
STL16 Provide displays This unit is for those who set up, maintain and dismantle displays.
STL23 Plan, deliver and evaluate teaching and learning activities under the direction of a teacher This unit is for those who plan, deliver and evaluate teaching and learning activities for individual pupils or groups of pupils under the teacher’s guidance or instructions.
STL24 Contribute to the planning and
evaluation of teaching and learning
activities
This unit is for those who help teachers to plan and evaluate teaching and learning activities.
STL28 Support teaching and learning in a curriculum area This unit is for those who work within a subject or curriculum area to support teaching and learning.
This includes all forms of organised learning experienced across the curriculum. For example, area of learning in the foundation stage, broad areas of curricular experience and learning through play in the early years, thematically structured work in the primary phase, single subjects, vocational subjects and cross-curricular work in the 14–19 phase. It does not, however, cover the specialist technical functions carried out by technicians, librarians and ICT professionals which are covered in separate sets of national occupational standards.
STL29 Observe and promote pupil
performance and development
This unit is for those who contribute to promoting pupil performance and development under the direction of a teacher.
STL31 Prepare and maintain the learning environment This unit is for those with responsibility for preparing and maintaining environments to support teaching and learning.
STL55 Contribute to maintaining pupil
records
This unit is for those who work under the direction of relevant people to maintain pupil records and the record-keeping system.
STL56 Monitor and maintain curriculum
resources
This unit is for those who monitor and maintain curriculum resources to support teaching and learning. It does not, however, cover the specialist technical functions carried out by
technicians, librarians and ICT professionals which are covered in separate sets of national occupational standards.