About Us


HLTA North is one of four Regional Providers of HLTA Assessment in England, covering three of the nine government regions: the North West, the North East and Yorkshire and Humber. We have a long and successful history of promoting HLTA status and managing HLTA Assessments; our current team of Programme Managers from the universities that comprise HLTA North – Northumbria, Leeds Beckett and Leeds Trinity – is strongly committed to continue, develop and build on this success.



HLTA North covers three government regions


these regions are covered by four other RPAs

The current team managers, representing each of the university partners that comprise HLTA North, are:

         Malcolm Price 4

Judith Robson                                                Malcolm Price

University of Northumbria                          Leeds Trinity University

Mary Strode

Mary Strode
Leeds Beckett University

The Management Team meets six times a year and is supported centrally by HLTA Senior Administrators from Carnegie Leaders in Learning, Leeds Beckett University:

Tim Hurst 

Tim Hirst

Debbie Rose

Debbie Rose

….and by HLTA administrators within each university:

Jacqui Pearson, Northumbria University, jpearson@hltanorth.com

Liz Cairns and Anne Briggs, Leeds Trinity University, hlta@leedstrinity.ac.uk

As an assessment centre HLTA North provides rigorous, high-quality external assessment and national moderation of candidates against the HLTA standards. We are extremely proud of our role, having awarded the status to thousands of support staff since our inception in 2003 working together within a number of consortia arrangements. HLTA status recognises the significant contribution support staff have made to teaching and learning in schools and the benefits they have brought to children and young people across all phases of education. At HLTA North we are constantly looking at ways in which we can continue to build on that success by developing new programmes, routes and awards that support the diversity of roles and experience of support staff in schools today.’ HLTA North, 2015


We provide……

HLTA Assessments

HLTA status is awarded by the Higher Level Teaching Assistant National Assessment Partnership (HNAP) and as one of the five Regional Providers of Assessment within the partnership, HLTA North manage HLTA assessments across the North of England (North-West, North-East, Yorkshire and Humber). ‘Through HNAP the Regional Providers of Assessment (RPAs) continue to provide rigorous, high-quality external assessment and national moderation of candidates maintaining the national integrity and consistency of HLTA Status’. (HNAP, 2015)

For more information please visit the partnership website HLTA National Assessment Partnership

Continuing Professional Development

Every year we provide opportunities for support staff to enhance and learn new skills, consolidate their performance and aspire towards even greater achievement through our regional professional development events.  These training events are led by experienced experts within the field of education and are based on current educational thinking and research.  A key to the success of these events is that they also provide opportunities for networking, reflection and involve practical activities so staff can consider strategies of how to transfer this learning back into the classroom to enable children and young people to achieve their full potential.  To ensure we meet staff professional development needs and interests, we welcome feedback and requests on topics and areas of interest for future events.  Some of our professional development events offer a reduction on the course fee if you have been awarded HLTA status by HLTA North.

For more information go to News and Events: Development Events

Longer Training Routes

In response to demand from schools, we are now able to offer longer training routes towards HLTA status.  To complement the status, additional routes and awards at pre and post HLTA level are being developed.  We believe the diversity of options for continuing professional development strengthen and build on the good practice we see every day in our work in schools.

For more information go to Longer Training Routes

Celebrations of success

We celebrate the achievements of HLTAs who have been nominated by head teachers and colleagues for special recognition by hosting an annual HLTA of the Year Awards evening each year – a major event in our calendar. It is a wonderful opportunity for HLTAs share their success with family and friends; as one presenter put it, “The room was full of winners….all of them making a huge difference to the lives of children and young people in our regions.”

For more information go to News and Events: HLTA of the Year

Our history…..

HLTA North was formed in the autumn of 2012 and became operational from January 2013 when the North East HLTA Consortium, the Yorkshire and Humber HLTA Consortium and North West HLTA were combined. The three consortia had worked together closely for a number of years; the first two from 2003/4 to manage and moderate assessments across the North East and Yorkshire and Humberside with the North West joining as the third consortium from 2006. By 2012 the formation of HLTA North, with more or less the original teams involved, was a natural progression that built on these existing partnerships.


HLTA Phase 1: CCDU was selected by the DfES as one of the HLTA Assessment Process Pilot Providers; an independent ‘Pilot Evaluation Report’ recommended that the process be rolled out across England


National roll-out of HLTA: 36 Providers of Preparation and Assessment, including the current Partners of HLTA North.  CCDU asked by DfES to carry out a consultancy and facilitation role with PoPs, including supporting and evaluating the implementation of the roll-out.


HLTA Phase 2: new contracts separated Assessment and Preparation.  Regional Providers of Assessment (RPAs) formed to manage HLTA assessments and facilitate/quality assure Preparation for Assessment by PoPs (Providers of Preparation). Two consortia formed by CCDU to manage assessments in the North of England:

North East Consortium

CCDU (lead organisation), Northumbria and Sunderland Universities (Sunderland withdrew mid-contract)

Yorkshire and Humber Consortium

CCDU (lead organisation), Leeds Trinity College and South Yorkshire Teaching Assistants Consortium (Sheffield Hallam University/Sheffield, Rotherham and Barnsley LAs)

Specialist Maths and Science Routes for HLTAs introduced and funded by the Government and facilitated by RPAs and PoPs. There was increasingly a move away from rigid ’Longer Routes’ to ‘Tailored Routes’.


HLTA Standards revised: RPAs/ DCSF /and Senior Assessor Working Group (SAWG) reviewed and improved the standards in line with the new Standards for Teachers. Revised HLTA standards confirmed October 2007 and implemented from 1/1/08.


A new organisation  ‘Carnegie Leaders in Learning’ formed between CCDU and Leeds Met University that built on existing partnership.

HLTA Phase 3: Reinforced the separation between Assessment and Preparation; RPAs no longer had responsibility to QA Preparation. Some RPA Partners continued to provide Preparation; several new organisations, i.e. school consortia, sought RPA support (training and QA) to become PoPs.

Three consortia formed by Carnegie Leaders in Learning (lead organisation) to manage regional HLTA assessments in the North of England:

North East Consortium

Carnegie Leaders in Learning/ Northumbria University

Yorkshire and Humber Consortium

Carnegie Leaders in Learning/ Leeds Trinity College/ Sheffield Hallam University

North West

Carnegie Leaders in Learning


HLTA Phase 3 contract not extended by the TDA/TA as part of the dramatic review of Government funded initiatives and financial pressure.

The HLTA National Assessment Partnership (HNAP) was formed by the five regional Providers of Assessment. All the members of HNAP – including HLTA North – have agreed to sustain the quality and consistency of HLTA Assessment across England and to provide assessments for HLTA provision. The Partnership has developed a model that enables PoPs, schools and individuals to access quality assured HLTA assessment against national standards. This model has maintained HLTA as national status.

HLTA North

Building on their existing consortia from Phase 3 and their on-going arrangements for regional HLTA assessments, a formal agreement was established between four northern Universities (Leeds Beckett-Carnegie Leaders in Learning/ Northumbria/ Leeds Trinity /and Sheffield Hallam) to continue to work together as equal partners to support, manage and deliver HLTA Assessments across the North of England as ‘HLTA North’. Since 2014, HLTA North has been managed by representatives from Northumbria University, Leeds Trinity University and Leeds Beckett University/Carnegie Leaders in learning.

The number of support staff across our three regions who have been awarded HLTA status in that time total around 8,000; it was anticipated that nationally the number of HLTAs towards the end of 2014 would total 50,000. Although government funding for the programme ceased in August 2012 the number of HLTAs is steadily rising each year and since September 2012, HLTA North have awarded HLTA status to over a thousand TAs in our geographical area.

It is clear from the feedback and enquiries we receive that schools and support staff continue to value HLTA status: it gives recognition to support staff for the contribution they make to teaching and learning; acknowledges the diversity and experience they bring to schools; and offers reassurance to parents, teachers and governors that TAs who are awarded the status have been independently assessed against  national professional standards that show they are working at a higher level.

Consequently, we  are constructing  dynamic  partnerships with schools and school alliances whose vision and remit see the continuing development  of their learning support staff as a priority as they continually work towards quality improvements at all levels and towards  enhanced achievement outcomes for children and young people

The national picture…….

HNAP (The HLTA National Assessment Partnership) HNAP web

In 2012, when government funding for the HLTA programme ceased, the five Regional Providers of HLTA Assessment in England (RPAs) formed HNAP (the HLTA National Assessment Partnership). Its remit is to:

  • award HLTA status through the regional RPAs
  • maintain the national integrity of HLTA status
  • ensure HLTA Status is  underpinned by agreed National Standards
  • maintain the quality and consistency of HLTA assessment by ensuring regional moderation operates within a national framework  through nationally agreed quality assurance and cross moderation procedures.

HNAP is managed by a National Board consisting of representatives from each of the four RPAs as well as head teachers, teachers and HLTA from each region. The Board meets twice a year. For further information visit the HNAP website: http://www.hlta.org.uk/ 

HLTA North’s role in the National Partnership 

As a founding member of HNAP we attend all Board meetings, manage our assessments and moderation according to the procedures agreed at the national meetings and work closely with colleagues in the other four RPAs to ensure we adhere to all QA procedures.  

HLTA representation at HNAP

Each RPA has a nominated HLTA representative on the HNAP Board and we are delighted that HLTA North’s nominated representative, Susan Borsberry, was elected to the position of Vice-Chair on the National Board at the inaugural meeting! As a very experienced practitioner, Susan has made a huge contribution to all discussions; attended cross moderation events; chaired the Board when needed; and has been very proactive in promoting the National HLTA of the Year Award event when each of the nine regional winners is invited to a national presentation and celebration. Susan’s story.

HNAP Award for Outstanding HLTA of the Year

All the regional winners of HLTA of the Year awards are invited to a celebration event in November each year when a national award for Outstanding HLTA of the Year is presented. The winner of the award in 2015 was Jill Birch, HLTA North’s Yorkshire & Humber HLTA of the Year, from Birkwood Primary in Barnsley.

Contact us……..

If you have any queries or would like to know more about HLTA and what we do, please contact us