About Us


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.



HLTA North covers three government regions


these regions are covered by four other RPAs

The current team managers, representing each of the university partners that comprise HLTA North, are:

         Malcolm Price 4

Judith Robson                                                Malcolm Price

University of Northumbria                          Leeds Trinity University

Mary Strode

Mary Strode
Leeds Beckett University

The Management Team meets six times a year and is supported centrally by HLTA Senior Administrators from Carnegie Leaders in Learning, Leeds Beckett University:

Tim Hurst 

Tim Hirst

….and by HLTA administrators within each university:

Jacqui Pearson, Northumbria University, jpearson@hltanorth.com

Joanne Hardcastle, Leeds Trinity University, hlta@leedstrinity.ac.uk

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


We provide……

HLTA Assessments

HLTA status is awarded by the Higher Level Teaching Assistant National Assessment Partnership (HNAP) and as one of the four Regional Providers of Assessment (RPA) within the partnership, HLTA North manage HLTA assessments across the North of England (North-West, North-East, Yorkshire and Humber).

For more information about HNAP, click here

Professional Development Events

Over the past few years we have provided CPD through a range of Professional Development Events that have been led by experts in their field. Each year we have focussed on a different theme of specific educational interest; the events have provided a great opportunity for networking and sharing good practice as well as professional development. Although we have no events planned as yet for 2020 we are happy to advertise regional events that may be interest to HLTAs and TAs across our regions; please let us know whats happening in your region.

An invitation to recognise and celebrate the work you do through our  HLTA of the Year Awards 

To celebrate the achievements of HLTAs across our regions, every year we invite schools to nominate HLTA colleagues for special recognition. These nominations are shortlisted by a selected panel and successful nominees are chosen, one 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.”

Our News and Events  page has details about our winners from previous years. All regional winners including the three from our regions attend the national event in London in November when HNAP announces the winner of the National Outstanding HLTA of the Year Award . 

We will shortly be accepting nominations for 2019-2020.

A brief history of HLTA North…..

HLTA North was formed in the autumn of 2012 and became operational from January 2013 by combining the North East HLTA Consortium, the Yorkshire and Humber HLTA Consortium and the North West HLTA. The three consortia had worked together closely for a number of years; the first two from 2003/4 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.


HLTA Phase 1: CCDU was selected by the DfES as one of the HLTA Assessment Process Pilot Providers; an independent ‘Pilot Evaluation Report’ recommended that the process be rolled out across England


National roll-out of HLTA: 36 Providers of Preparation and Assessment, including the current Partners of HLTA North.  CCDU asked by DfES to carry out a consultancy and facilitation role with PoPs, including supporting and evaluating the implementation of the roll-out.


HLTA Phase 2: new contracts separated Assessment and Preparation.  Regional Providers of Assessment (RPAs) formed to manage HLTA assessments and facilitate/quality assure Preparation for Assessment by PoPs (Providers of Preparation). Two consortia formed by CCDU to manage assessments in the North of England:

North East Consortium

CCDU (lead organisation), Northumbria and Sunderland Universities (Sunderland withdrew mid-contract)

Yorkshire and Humber Consortium

CCDU (lead organisation), Leeds Trinity College and South Yorkshire Teaching Assistants Consortium (Sheffield Hallam University/Sheffield, Rotherham and Barnsley LAs)

Specialist Maths and Science Routes for HLTAs introduced and funded by the Government and facilitated by RPAs and PoPs. There was increasingly a move away from rigid ’Longer Routes’ to ‘Tailored Routes’.


HLTA Standards revised: RPAs/ DCSF /and Senior Assessor Working Group (SAWG) reviewed and improved the standards in line with the new Standards for Teachers. Revised HLTA standards confirmed October 2007 and implemented from 1/1/08.


A new organisation  ‘Carnegie Leaders in Learning’ formed between CCDU and Leeds Met University that built on existing partnership.

HLTA Phase 3: Reinforced the separation between Assessment and Preparation; RPAs no longer had responsibility to QA Preparation. Some RPA Partners continued to provide Preparation; several new organisations, i.e. school consortia, sought RPA support (training and QA) to become PoPs.

Three consortia formed by Carnegie Leaders in Learning (lead organisation) to manage regional HLTA assessments in the North of England:

North East Consortium

Carnegie Leaders in Learning/ Northumbria University

Yorkshire and Humber Consortium

Carnegie Leaders in Learning/ Leeds Trinity College/ Sheffield Hallam University

North West

Carnegie Leaders in Learning


HLTA Phase 3 contract not extended by the TDA/TA as part of the dramatic review of Government funded initiatives and financial pressure.

The HLTA National Assessment Partnership (HNAP) was formed by the five regional Providers of Assessment. All the members of HNAP – including HLTA North – have agreed to sustain the quality and consistency of HLTA Assessment across England and to provide assessments for HLTA provision. The Partnership has developed a model that enables PoPs, schools and individuals to access quality assured HLTA assessment against national standards. This model has maintained HLTA as national status.

HLTA North

Building on their existing consortia from Phase 3 and their on-going arrangements for regional HLTA assessments, a formal agreement was established between four northern Universities (Leeds Beckett-Carnegie Leaders in Learning/ Northumbria/ Leeds Trinity /and Sheffield Hallam) to continue to work together as equal partners to support, manage and deliver HLTA Assessments across the North of England as ‘HLTA North’. Since 2014, HLTA North has been managed by representatives from Northumbria University, Leeds Trinity University and Leeds Beckett University/Carnegie Leaders in learning.

The number of support staff who have been awarded HLTA status (since 2004) across our three regions now totals around 12,500; nationally the figure is close to 60,000.

The national picture…….

HNAP (The HLTA National Assessment Partnership) HNAP web

HNAP was established in 2012 by the RPAs when government funding for the HLTA programme ceased. It is managed by a National Board consisting of representatives from each of the four RPAs as well as head teachers, teachers and HLTAs from each government region. It has an independent Chairperson who has been invited to take up the post by the Board’s representatives.

HLTA North’s HLTA representative is Susan Borsberry. She was elected as Vice-Chair  of the board at the inaugural meeting – a position she still holds! As a very experienced and well -respected practitioner, Susan has made a huge contribution to all discussions; attended and chaired cross-moderation events; and has been very proactive in promoting the National HLTA of the Year Award event. Susan’s story.

The HNAP Board meets twice a year. As a founding member of HNAP , representatives from HLTA North attend all HNAP Board meetings and work closely throughout the year with colleagues from the other three RPAs.

HNAP Award for Outstanding HLTA of the Year

Since 2013, HNAP has hosted the national event in London for the Outstanding HLTA of the Year Award. Each regional HLTA of the Year winner (nine in total) is invited to attend and one of the nine is presented with the award  – a decision made by the Chair of the Board that is kept secret from everyone until it is announced on the day! Since 2013, three national winners have come from the North of England: Jenny Blunstone, Nidderdale, (2013);  Jill Birch, Barnsley (2015); and Deborah Carter, Leeds (2018).

For further information about HNAP click here

Contact us……..

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