About Us


HLTA North is one of three Regional Providers of Assessment, awarding the HLTA status on behalf of the national partnership (HNAP). Our role is to carry out HLTA assessments across the north of England and parts of the Midlands, on a monthly basis, for support staff who have successfully completed a preparation for assessment course.

HLTA North delivers rigorous and high-quality external assessments and moderation of candidates against the HLTA standards and we are extremely proud of our role. Since our inception in 2003/4 we have organised and managed the assessments of thousands of support staff  who have subsequently been awarded HLTA status.  This status recognises the significant contribution these 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. 

Our current team of Programme Managers are from the universities that comprise HLTA North – Northumbria, Leeds Beckett and Leeds Trinity. As a team, we are strongly committed to continuing, developing and building on this success.


The current team meet six times a year.

Mary Strode

Programme Manager & Senior Assessor

Leeds Beckett University

Judith Robson

Programme Manager & Senior Assessor

Northumbria University

David Snowdon

Programme Manager & Senior Assessor

Leeds Trinity University

Maxine Pountney

Senior Assessor

HLTA North

The Management Team is supported by HLTA Senior Administrators from Leeds Beckett University.

Our main contact is Ryan Kaye.

Ryan Kaye, HLTA Administrator

HLTA North


 HLTA Assessments

HLTA status is awarded by the Higher Level Teaching Assistant National Assessment Partnership (HNAP) and as one of the three Regional Providers of Assessment (RPA) within the partnership, HLTA North currently manages HLTA assessments across the North of England and the Staffordshire. The number of support staff who have been awarded HLTA status (since 2004) across all our regions now totals more than 17,000.

The nationally agreed HNAP assessment fee is £450 per candidate. Fees are determined by the Partnership Board.

HNAP (HLTA National Assessment Partnership)

HLTA status is a nationally recognised and is regulated and awarded by HNAP, www.hlta.org.uk  The Partnership consists of representatives from the three Regional Providers of Assessment (HLTA North, Northampton University and Strictly Education 4s) and co-opted professionals including representatives od school leaders and HLTAs.

The HNAP Board meets at least twice a year.

HLTA of the Year Awards 

To celebrate the achievements of HLTAs across our regions, we invite schools to nominate HLTA colleagues for special recognition. Nominations are shortlisted by a selected panel and successful nominees are chosen for each of our regions. It is a wonderful opportunity for HLTAs and schools to celebrate their success. One winner summed it up perfectly: “We are all winners….all HLTAs and TAs out there are making a huge difference to the lives of children and young people in our regions.”

Contact us……..

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