Higher Level Teaching Assistant Status
HLTA (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 three Regional Providers (RPAs) on behalf of HNAP: HLTA North is based in the North of England and covers the following areas: NW and NE England, Yorkshire & Humber, North and NE Lincs, Staffordshire & Stoke -on-Trent.
Qualifications needed: Level 2 qualifications in Maths and English or equivalent. If you do not hold the necessary qualifications, access tests are available. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Employment status: You must be employed full or part-time in a school or educational setting, working with children or young people between the ages of three and nineteen.
Experience: You must work with individuals and small groups and take whole classes (without a teacher present). You must be fully supported by your school when applying for this programme whether you are school or self-funded.
The Preparation for Assessment Handbook is an essential guide to the process and the standards
HLTA Preparation and Assessment
- ensure you have funding
- ensure you have sufficient experience to demonstrate the standards
- obtain support and provide verification from your school that you are working at the expected level for this status
- provide evidence of level 2 (or equivalent) qualifications in maths/numeracy and English/literacy
- introduce you to the assessment requirements and processes, including registration for assessment with HLTA North
- 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
- 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 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.
Am I ready?
PoPs may 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. Often this can be carried out in school as part of your everyday practice or through in-school training.
Some PoPs offer additional training days or longer route training options and many will provide bespoke courses for schools/ academies and MATs.
Answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions HLTA FAQs March 21
Additional FAQs are available on the HNAP website.
The cost of each preparation course is set by individual PoPs. The assessment fee is set by HNAP and is currently £450 per person.
Course details and contact information for PoPs in our area are available here
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