Higher Level Teaching Assistant Courses


Courses in the Yorkshire and Humber region 

Courses in the North West region

Courses in the North East region


Providers of Preparation (PoPs)

As independent organisations PoPs can set their own fees and design their own courses. HLTA North, as the Regional Provider of Assessment (RPA)  works closely with PoPs in each of its three regions to maintain and promote quality of preparation;  all PoPs listed on this website are asked to design their courses in line with HNAP’s (amended) Code of Practice. In order to gain HLTA status, candidates prepared in one of the three northern regions must register and be assessed through HLTA North on behalf of HNAP. HNAP sets the fee for the assessment.

As well as being an integral part of HLTA North,  Northumbria University and Leeds Trinity University also offer preparation courses as independent in several areas across the three regions.

Venues, dates of courses and contact details for all PoPs can be found in the Course lists above. If you need help  to find the nearest PoP to you, then please contact us.

Preparation for HLTA Assessment: information

This route/ course has been designed  for suitably experienced support staff who are already working, or are able to work, at a higher level in their educational setting and are looking to gain a professional status that recognises: their contribution to teaching and learning; their knowledge and understanding of learners; their use of legislation and frameworks in their everyday practice; and their professional attributes such as their communication skills.  The prep plus assessment can normally be completed within two school terms and  involves attending the equivalent of three full days with a Preparer. Some PoPs (Providers of Preparation) also offer additional training days alongside the preparation; others may offer online rather than face to face teaching as an option for part of their course.

A preparation course is designed to prepare you to be assessed by helping you to understand:

  • the process and expectations, i.e. what the assessment involves
  • the standards and how these can be evidenced
  • how to make a start and what’s involved when writing the assessment tasks
  • how to select and present documentary evidence
  • how to prepare yourself and your colleagues in school for the assessor’s visit.

Overview: Preparation and Assessment

Longer Route training/pathways

Longer Route options are offered by some PoPs as CPD to help you develop and improve your current practice, sometimes alongside the 3-day prep route or prior to starting the prep.

School Workforce Development Officer, Stockton-on-Tees

Judith Robson

Judith Robson, MBE, Senior Assessor, HLTA North, and of the country’s first HLTAs, has developed a longer-route training programme, equivalent of six half day sessions over two terms.

Brochure HLTA North Longer Development Pathway

and reviews from TAs and HLTAs who have  recently completed the six sessions.

The programme offers:

  • an opportunity for teaching assistants to develop their knowledge and understanding and improve pedagogical skills
  • a sound platform for those wanting to progress onto a preparation route to achieve HLTA status
  • flexibility in that it can be tailored to meet the needs of a school, TSA or Academy Trust

Throughout the programme candidates are asked to keep a learning journal and are be supported by an experienced trainer/ tutor and at the end of the programme candidates are given the appropriate support and advice to progress onto a 3-day route.

To discuss this option please email: judith.robson@hltanorth.com or ask a Preparer in your area (contact details are available in the list at the top of this page) if any options for additional training days are available through them.

HLTA North’s Self Review might help you think about your options, but we advise you to complete this with your line manager