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 continuing, developing and building 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:
….and by HLTA administrators within each university:
Jacqui Pearson, Northumbria University, firstname.lastname@example.org
Liz Cairns and Anne Briggs, Leeds Trinity University, email@example.com
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 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. 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, 2018
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 and strengthen their practice through our regional Professional Development Events. These events, led by experienced experts, focus on a different theme each year based on current educational thinking, research or an area of specific interest to support staff. The opportunities these events provide including practical, hands-on activities; time for personal reflection and networking; and the sharing of individual’s stories and ideas for good practice have all ensured their success. To enable us to continue to meet the needs and interests of HLTAs across our regions, we are always open to suggestions for future events. (Some of our events offer a reduced price if you have been awarded HLTA status through HLTA North)
For more information go to News and Events: Development Events
Longer Training Routes
Alongside the three-day preparation for assessment course, several Preparers now offer additional training days in response to demand from schools. We believe the diversity of options for continuing professional development strengthens and builds on the good practice we see every day in schools.
For more information go to Longer Training Routes
Celebrations of success
To celebrate the achievements of HLTAs across our regions, every year we host a HLTA of the Year Awards evening. It is a major event in our calendar when we invite HLTAs who have been nominated by head teachers and colleagues for special recognition and who have been shortlisted by our panel at HLTA North to attend this special event. Everyone’s achievements are recognised and three HLTA of the Year awards are announced and presented, one for each of our regions. It is a wonderful opportunity for HLTAs share their success with family and friends. One presenter summed it up perfectly: “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
A brief history of HLTA North…..
HLTA North was formed in the autumn of 2012 becoming operational from January 2013 by combining the North East HLTA Consortium, the Yorkshire and Humber HLTA Consortium and North West HLTA. 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, 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 building on these existing partnerships.