HLTA North is one of five 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.
The Management Team meets six times a year and is supported centrally by HLTA Senior Administrators from Carnegie Leaders in Learning, Leeds Beckett University:
Louise Turner Debbie Rose
….and by HLTA administrators within each university:
Jacqui Pearson, Northumbria University, [email protected]
Barbara Vettoretto, Leeds Trinity University, [email protected]
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 almost 8,000 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
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 in 2015-2016. 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 in July – 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
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 a 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.