Our 'Epic' Principles

  • Excell​ence

Maintain high professional standards, conduct, and proper personal behaviour at all times. Promote the positive aspects of the role of support staff in education. Make professional development an integral part of your practice. Ensure you are a reflective practitioner, seek advice, and share good practice.

  • Professionalism

Understand and comply with all laws, legal responsibilities, principles and practices concerning the care and treatment of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Respect individual difference and diversity. Demonstrate good practice in challenging discrimination and unfairness. Maintain discretion and confidentiality of information.

  • Integrity

​Maintain relationship with children, young people, adults, and other professionals that are based on opens, honesty, mutual trust and respect. Promote the welfare and best interests of the children, young people and adults you work with. Ensure honesty, accuracy and co-operation in all communication. Recognise your position of trust and ensure the avoidance of conflict of interest and inappropriate behaviour in your relationships.

  • Continuous Development

Actively seek to maintain, update and develop your knowledge. Improve your professional skills and competence through relevant training. Network and share good practice with other professionals. Reflect on your own practice, identify development needs and undertake relevant development activities. Welcome evaluation of your practice and embrace feedback and areas for development.



Co-founders and directors Karen McAtear, Georgina Sexton and Katherine Stevens have many years combined experience of training and working with hundreds of teaching assistants and support staff across the UK. Together we have recognised the vast pool of skills and talent who offer highly valuable support to children and young people but can often be overlooked.

The vision of the organisation is to create the biggest network of teaching assistants and support staff in the UK and provide a platform to encourage professionalism and progression within the role. 

  • Our vision is to create a community of educational support staff that are focused on their own professional development; share good practice to promote the development of others, and support each other to realise their potential. Through this we aim to improve the outcomes for children and young people across the UK.
  • We are a non-political organisation and we are not a union, however we aim to be a voice for our members that will be heard by those who need to hear and have the power to influence the direction of the profession.
  • We aim to make professional development an integral part of the role of support staff in education and will encourage all our members to reach their personal goals. We commit to evolving to meet the needs of our members, ensuring that everything we do is driven by members and for members.

Aims & Objectives

  • To promote the profession of support staff working in learning and education. This includes but is not limited to teaching assistants, learning support assistants, classroom assistants, mentors, behaviour support, special education needs assistants.
  • To enhance and encourage the professional development of our members, provide a platform for monitoring professional development and create opportunities for its members to access professional development opportunities.  
  • In carrying out the above objectives, the Professional Association of Support Staff in Education shall be non- party in politics and non-denominational in religion and shall promote equality of opportunity and oppose discrimination on grounds of race, gender, age, culture or disability.

What Does Being a Social Enterprise Mean to Our Members? 

Any social enterprise or not-for-profit organisation is is bound by the objectives and aims it has been established for, any profits made will be used to further and towards the promotion of its objectives and not paid to any directors or members as dividends. In practice this means that all profits we make will be re-invested solely for the benefit of our members.

Where exactly will the profits go?

Our main objective is to promote professional development and make this as easily accessible and affordable as possible to both schools and individuals. We will use any profits to create some or all of the following:

  • A training grant scheme for members - members may apply for a training grant to fund courses and qualifications where no other funding exists.
  • Accessible development opportunities - such as free qualifications, training or events for members.
  • Enhancements to our provision - such as website developments and applications.