If we consider ´leadership´ to be the personal responsibility of all people working in schools - then what is the leadership role of teaching assistants? TAs have a unique insight into the workings of a school and the life of students (and teachers) and I believe TAs, with some support/structure and empowerment could play an important leadership role in the school community - from supporting students welfare to supporting teachers welfare (yes, they need support too!) as well as sharing of best practice, guidance and mentoring. I truly believe that many TAs have a lot more to offer than what is expected of them in many schools. Who are TAs? What is their professional background? I think we are a hugely varied workforce, far more varied than most people would assume. How do schools identify the leadership qualities and potential of such a varied group of people? Is there a group/community/guidance forum ´how to make best use of your TA?´ Is there a TA professional association? Do other TAs and teachers as well as school leaders feel that there is merit to this suggestion? Should there be a qualification called ´Leading from the ... ´ (hours of fun coming up with the right wording for that one...) that actually allows TAs to fully professionalise and take leadership into their role? Would love to get some feedback on this thought from TAs, teachers and other school leaders.