Higher Level Teaching Assistant Status

HNAP webHLTA (Higher Level Teaching Assistant) status is awarded by the HLTA National Assessment Partnership (HNAP) to TAs who have been externally assessed against the HLTA Professional Standards and have successfully provided sufficient evidence to meet each standard. Assessments are managed by four Regional Providers (RPAs) on behalf of HNAP: HLTA North is the RPA for the North of England.

Qualifications needed: Level 2 qualifications  in Maths and English or equivalent (Standard 11). If you do not hold the necessary qualifications, you can find out more information about how to obtain them on the HNAP website.

Employment status: You must be employed full or part-time in a school or academy.

Experience: You are able to provide examples of when you have advanced learning when working 1 -1, with a small group and with a whole class (without a teacher present) as well as examples that show how you have demonstrated the HLTA standards in your practice.


HLTA Standards

The Candidate and Provider Handbook is an essential guide to the process and the standards.

HLTA Preparation and Assessment

To achieve Higher Level Teaching Assistant Status there are three stages:

  • Find a Course (three day preparation) and apply for a place.  Courses are provided by PoPs (Providers of Preparation). PoPs will ask you to:
    • provide evidence of level 2 (or equivalent) qualifications in maths/numeracy and English/literacy
    • ensure you have funding
    • ensure you have sufficient experience to demonstrate the standards
    • obtain support and verification from your school that you are working at the expected level for this status
  • Prepare for the Assessment by attending the course so you are ready to be assessed against the HLTA standards. Preparation courses will:
    • introduce you to the assessment requirements and processes
    • help you understand the standards and how to demonstrate them through your practice
    • provide guidance and support when drafting and presenting task and documentary evidence
    • prepare you for the assessment visit
  • A three-hour assessment visit. This
    • takes place in your school
    • is carried out by an experienced HLTA Assessor, allocated to you by HLTA North
    • involves a series of interviews with you and nominated staff (there is no observation)
    • is when  the assessor will scrutinise your documentary evidence – written tasks are sent to the assessor prior to the visit

At the start of your course you are asked to register for assessment with HLTA North;  we allocate you a unique reference number (URN) which can be used to verify your  status; this is sent directly to you after Day 2 of your course.

After the visit, the assessor forwards all the paperwork with a recommendation regarding the outcome to HLTA North. They do not give any indication of their recommendation to anyone in school. All our assessors have excellent experience of working in schools and have been trained and quality assured by HLTA North to carry out assessments.

Moderation, outcome and award of HLTA status

Moderation of files is carried out every month at HLTA North and the moderators determine the outcome for all files submitted. Results letters, certificates and badges are issued by HLTA North on behalf of HNAP  following moderation.  Possible outcomes: outcomes

  • Standards Met All standards are judged as met.
  • Partial Reassessment Occasionally, moderators will ask for a partial re-assessment (PR) of one, two or three standards as the evidence they have is insufficient. This is carried out by a Senior Assessor usually via a telephone interview. The additional information from the PR is submitted for moderation.
  • Standards Not Met More than three standards have been judged as not met and the status is not awarded. A Senior Assessor will contact the candidate to discuss any issues and provide advice about the next step.

starting points

Am I ready?

Most PoPs will ask you to complete a Self Review or Needs Analysis to include with your application. A self review of your practice against the standards can give an indication of any areas where you need further development or more opportunities to demonstrate your skills and knowledge, e.g.  opportunities to take a whole class without the presence of a teacher. Often this can be carried out in school as part of your everyday practice and in-school training but you may consider attending a Longer Route Training course or additional Training days that are provided by some Preparers.


The cost of the preparation is set by individual PoPs. The fee for assessment is set by HNAP and is currently £450 per person.

Course details and contact information for PoPs in all three of our regions are available here


Answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions

Additional FAQs are available on the HNAP website.

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