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HLTA Training

Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) Preparation Course Diocese of Middlesbrough TSA / Polaris TSA


What is the HLTA Preparation Course?

This is a four-day programme which prepares candidates to be assessed against the national HLTA standards, leading to the award of HLTA status. It is intended for teaching assistants who are already demonstrating high levels of capability and who are seeking to develop themselves professionally. It focuses specifically on how to present evidence of current practice in order to meet the national standards.

When and where does the course take place?

The course will be held at St Mary’s RC Primary School, Malton from 9.15 am to 3.15 pm on the following dates:

Tuesday, 14 January 2020 – Introduction to the HLTA standards

Tuesday, 21 January 2020 – Providing evidence through task writing

Thursday, 13 February 2020 – Building the portfolio of documentary evidence

Wednesday, 18 March 2020 – The assessment process

Who is eligible for the programme?

In order to be eligible for the programme and for HLTA assessment, applicants must:

  • –  be employed in a school
  • –  have the full support of their headteacher
  • –  have appropriate level 2 qualifications in English and maths (these are normally GCSE grade C and above or Adult Literacy and Numeracy level 2).   Applicants without Level 2 qualifications can be offered HLTA entry tests.
  • –  attend all mandatory sessions of the course

In addition, headteachers will be asked to confirm that candidates are working at the level of the HLTA standards. These standards can be found on the HLTA National Assessment Partnership website at www.hlta.org.ukCandidates must also have some experience of teaching whole classes without the presence of a qualified teacher. Teaching assistants who have limited experience of this may find that sufficient opportunities to teach classes can be arranged within the timescale of the programme. Headteachers will be asked to confirm that candidates have been or will be given these opportunities.


What do candidates have to do?

Candidates will be asked to complete eight short pieces of writing about a range of activities that they are involved in, including lessons with an individual pupil, a small group and a whole class. Other activities might include such things as educational visits, meetings and other everyday school situations. These pieces of writing are submitted electronically to the assessor about four weeks after the final day of the course. Candidates also have to compile a portfolio of documentary evidence showing examples of how they meet each of the standards. Before the course begins, candidates will be asked to complete a checklist with a teacher colleague to confirm that they have the required qualifications and experience for the HLTA role.

What is the cost of the programme?

The cost of the four-day programme is £320.00 per candidate. This fee can be paid by the school or by individual applicants.

What is the format of the assessment?

The assessment comprises a half day visit to the candidate’s school by an experienced HLTA assessor. During the assessment visit, the assessor speaks to the candidate, to colleagues and to the headteacher (or another member of the leadership team). The assessor spends time looking at the portfolio of evidence. There is no observation and assessors do not visit classrooms. The assessment visit normally takes place about 6-8 weeks after the final day of the course.

What is the cost of the assessment?

Assessments are arranged by the HLTA National Assessment Partnership and the fee has been set at £450.00. This is payable to the regional provider of assessment.

Who leads the course?

The course will be led by a tutor from our experienced team at Leeds Trinity University.

Who validates the award?

HLTA assessment is validated by the HTLA National Assessment Partnership. This body awards nationally recognised HLTA status. Further details can be found on the Partnership website at www.hlta.org.uk

How do I book a place on the course?

In order to secure a place on the preparation course, please complete and return the attached form (to follow, please request).

How do I find out if I have a place?

A confirmation letter will be sent to you at your school email address when your place has been allocated. Please allow at least a week for the letter to be emailed to you.

Who can be contacted if I have further questions?

Any enquiries should be made to the HLTA administrator at Leeds Trinity on 0113 2837100 ext.872 or sent by email to hlta@leedstrinity.ac.uk