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Support staff

This section provides an overview of the role played by support staff in schools. You can find information about building a career as a member of support staff and what individual roles entail.

It also covers career development opportunities for support staff, and provides information on the sector qualification strategy (SQS) and TDA qualifications endorsement process.

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Support staff qualifications

Access information about the support staff qualifications developed by the TDA.

Support and tools

Access online tools and information on the support available to support staff working in schools.

Becoming a member of support staff

Becoming a member of support staff

These pages will help you to understand and prepare for a support staff role in schools.

New to your role

New to your role

Induction to the workplace and introductory training are essential first steps in support staff development.

Developing and progressing

Developing and progressing

These pages explain the various training and development options available to support staff in schools.

Support and tools

Find information on the support and tools available to support staff working in schools.

Information for partners

This section contains information on the sector qualification strategy (SQS) and TDA qualifications endorsement process.



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CPD Database

Visit the CPD Database to search for relevant quality assured CPD opportunities, including those that are free or specific to your role.

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Teacher Development Hub

Visit the Teacher Development Hub to access evidence based research and resources to raise performance in the classroom.

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