HLTA North would like to recognise the amazing contribution all support staff made to ensure the safe running of schools and the well being of children and young people during the Covid 19 pandemic and throughout 2021 and 2022. We hear stories every day of what you achieved during these difficult and strange times and would like to add our thanks for the valuable work you did – and still do – as front line workers to keep children and young people safe and for making sure their learning continues.

Preparation for Assessment

Using their experience of HLTA preparation and the needs of support staff, the majority of Preparers across our region now offer HLTA preparation courses online delivering ‘live’ virtual classroom sessions as alternatives to the traditional 3-day face to face preparation; the feedback from candidates has been very positive. In addition, since 2022, a number of Preparers have started to offer face-to-face sessions again and some offer a blended learning approach. See Course information for details.


As a Regional Provider of HLTA Assessment, we too have had to adapt our processes and from March 2020 all our assessors have carried out assessments online using the technologies available. This will continue for the foreseeable future.

Administration and Results

Our administrative base is located at Leeds Beckett University and in line with government guidance to keep ourselves and colleagues safe (March 2020), most administrative systems within the university have continued to operate remotely for part of the time. As a consequence, our normal processes are occasionally subject to delays beyond our control. We therefore ask for patience and understanding from all our service users, apologise for any inconvenience the delays may cause for individuals, and reassure everyone that we will continue to answer queries and issue results as promptly as possible.

The work of everyone involved in the HLTA process – Preparers, Assessors, Administrators, Candidates, and school staff – is much appreciated. We are delighted at HLTA North that we were able to continue to award HLTA status every month to successful candidates throughout the pandemic.

The Management Team, HLTA North, January 2023

Additional Information for Assessors

Additional Information for Preparers