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Level 4 Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)

The Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) programme supports teaching assistants and other school support staff in demonstrating their knowledge and skills. Successful assessment against HLTA standards would lead to gaining HLTA status.

HLTAs work across the curriculum, acting as specialist assistants for specific subjects or departments, or helping to plan lessons and develop support materials. They work closely with teachers, complementing their role and allowing them more time to develop each pupil to their potential.

To help schools ensure consistent application of the standards and to maintain the high-quality of HLTAs St. Helens College is now working with the HLTA national assessment partnership HLTA North. This new partnership will support head teachers in equipping and assessing their staff to ensure they meet the standards expected.

The benefits of HLTA Status for the TA and your school include:

  • By going through the HLTA process your staff will further their skills, knowledge, confidence and ability to perform the required role.
  • The standards also confirm that the TA is sufficiently skilled to teach, including planning and delivering lessons, under the direct supervision of a teacher.

This is determined through rigorous assessment of the following areas:

  • Professional Attributes
  • Professional Knowledge and Understanding
  • Professional Skills
  • Planning and Expectations
  • Monitoring and Assessment
  • Teaching and Learning Activities

Following successful completion of the HLTA process HLTAs have reported a positive impact on the children / students they work with following their participation in the HLTA process.

Head teachers have reported significant savings regarding staffing of teacher absences and a reduction in the costings of utilising supply staff.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

This course has start dates in October and January and takes 6 months to complete. You will attend college for 3 half day classes.

What will I study?

During the course you will:

  • Be led by a skilled and highly experienced facilitator with extensive knowledge of the HTLA assessment processes
  • Thoroughly understand the assessment process including the balance between written and other forms of evidence.
  • Explore in detail the 33 national HLTA standards and grow in confidence about how to meet them.
  • Develop an understanding of the assessment tasks and prepare to answer them.
  • Prepare for some assessment elements with direct support during the two facilitated days.
  • Have access to online support from the facilitator between face-to-face sessions.
  • Prepare your detailed individual file for assessment.
  • Reflect upon your own practice in school and the values that underlie it.

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed in the workplace by a HLTA North assessor.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You will need to meet the following requirements to join the HLTA process:

  • The active support of your Head teacher who will need to complete some short tasks as part of the assessment process, and be interviewed during the half-day assessment visit.
  • A nationally recognised level 2 qualifications in English or literacy and Maths or numeracy or be willing to work towards this.
  • Knowledge of the 33 national standards which comprise the HLTA status.
  • To have opportunities in work to gather evidence of your learning against the 33 national standards.
  • To have regular experience of standards which may need particular preparation e.g. number 31 (working with a whole class when you're assigned teacher is not physically present) and 10 (support the development, learning and progress of children and young people).
  • To allow for a period (preferably up to 12 weeks) in which you can plan to assemble in detail your file to be submitted for assessment.
  • It is also preferable that you have the support of other colleagues too e.g. a mentor to act as a critical friend and support.

What are the course fees?

The total cost of this course is £900 which includes three half days of intensive assessment support, plus the final assessment.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Teaching assistants accredited with HLTA status are recognised by colleagues as able to work at a higher level with increased responsibility. Working towards this goal can be regarded as a natural progression for able and experienced colleagues within education.

I'm interested in this course, what do I do next?

If you would like any further information in relation to this course, please contact our enquiries team directly on 0800 99 66 99 or email enquire @ sthelens.ac.uk or drop into our next Enrolment and Information Event. Alternatively, submit an application form to secure a place.

Ref: Marie Sephton