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 all PoPs listed on this website design their courses in line with HNAP’s (amended) Code of Practice and set their own fees for preparation. Both Northumbria University and Leeds Trinity University offer preparation towards HLTA assessment in several areas across the three regions and in their role as HLTA North Partners, they work closely with other PoPs in each area to try to ensure quality of provision across the area. Contact details for all PoPs can be found in the Course lists above. Candidates from all are assessed by HLTA North on behalf of HNAP (the HLTA National Assessment Partnership). HNAP sets the fee for the assessment itself.

If you need help  to find a PoP in your area, then please contact us.

Preparation for HLTA Assessment: information about the standard route

This route is intended for suitably experienced support staff who are already working, or are able to work, at a higher level and are looking to gain a professional status that recognises their contribution to teaching and learning as well as their wider role in school.  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 preparers also offer additional training days alongside the preparation; others may offer online rather than face to face teaching for part of the course.

The preparation is designed to

  • help you understand how to write the assessment tasks for higher level teaching assistant courses
  • evidence the standards
  • select and prepare documents
  • 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, one of the country’s first HLTAs and now Workforce Development Officer for Stockton-on-Tees Local Authority, has developed a longer-route training programme for HLTA North in collaboration with John Abbott, HLTA North/Northumbria University.

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
  • 6 half day sessions over and up to 2 terms for individuals at a local venue or in-house for schools, TSAs or school pyramids
  • can be tailored to meet the needs of a school, TSA or school pyramid

At the end of the programme you will be given the appropriate support and advice to progress onto the 3-day route. Throughout the programme you will be asked to keep a learning journal and will be supported by an experienced trainer/ tutor and high quality resources and materials.

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

To discuss your Training Needs for the longer route please email John Abbott: john.abbott@northumbria.ac.uk or contact us: