Please note that application for this course is direct to the University and not via the Student Self Service pages, please email email@example.com or telephone 01604 893527 for an application pack.
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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.
Park Campus, the larger of the two campuses, is set in 80 acres of open green parkland, occupying an impressive and spacious site.
Facilities available on-site include a sports hall, restaurant, Students’ Union, Student Centre, shop, bar and nightclub. Safe and secure accommodation for more than 1,300 students is spread throughout Park Campus, with the majority placed within our student village combining stunning green spaces with welcoming Halls of Residence.
A Multi-Faith Chaplaincy and Medical Centre (providing a full GP service and free counselling) are also available at Park Campus.
Park Campus is within easy walking distance of a busy, local shopping area, complete with banks, supermarkets, shops and pubs.
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HLTAs work under the guidance of a teacher within clearly defined roles and responsibilities relevant to their own educational settings. They are experienced practitioners who offer specialist support for learning. A HLTA in a primary school, for example, might give support across the curriculum but with particular expertise to support progress in numeracy, literacy, music or art and design.
HLTAs are highly skilled and have good knowledge of specific aspects of the curriculum, they are able to undertake whole class teaching activities under the guidance of a teacher, with teachers remaining the leaders and experts in the classroom. The particular responsibilities of an individual HLTA is decided by the school management.
The three preparation days are designed for candidates that already meet the 33 standards and support candidates in preparing for assessment: completion of tasks; production of supporting evidence and the assessor visit to setting. These three preparation days are designed to address all the HLTA standards in relation to candidates’ work in their own educational settings.
Candidates demonstrate that they are meeting these standards by writing tasks based on their work in school:
- with an individual child
- with a small group
- with a whole class (without a teacher present)
- five other tasks of the candidate’s choice
Submission of written task evidence is assessed alongside oral evidence and associated documentary evidence gained during an assessor visit to the candidate’s school.
Facilities and Special Features
The University of Northampton is recognised as one of the leading national providers of Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) programmes and is the sole Regional Provider of Assessment of HLTA Candidates in the East Midlands region. They work in close liaison with the four other regional RPAs within the HLTA National Assessment Partnership (NAP) to maintain quality, consistency and continuity of the programme.
Candidates can also benefit from:
- venues throughout the East Midlands area (Northampton, Leicester, Lincoln and Derby)
- a programme designed to meet the training needs of employed teaching assistants
- being awarded National Assessment Partnership HLTA Status
For more information visit the HLTA National Assessment Partnership website.
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.
HLTA is equivalent, via the process of Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning, to 40 CATS points at level 4. This may be used against part of year one of the Foundation Degree in Learning and Teaching at the University of Northampton.
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
Application is direct to the University, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01604 893527 for an application pack.
Applicants must include copies of their Maths/numeracy and English/literacy certificates/evidence with their application.
Once your application has been received by the university, you will be contacted with details of the next steps.
- have the endorsement of your headteacher who knows that you must have opportunities to take whole classes and that they and a teacher in the school will be interviewed by an assessor about how you meet the HLTA standards in the normal course of your work
- be able to prove that you have advanced the learning of pupils when working with whole classes without the presence of an assigned teacher, in addition to individuals and small groups
- have achieved a nationally recognised qualification at level 2 or above in English/literacy and Mathematics/numeracy in accordance with Standard 11 of the HLTA Standards
Candidates for HLTA must be able to provide original certificates/evidence proving level 2 equivalent qualifications in English/literacy and mathematics/numeracy (copies should be enclosed with the application forms). For information about how to obtain replacement certificates please contact email@example.com.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 17/18 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
The cost for preparation and assessment is a total of £800. The preparation for assessment fee is £350. The assessment fee, in line with the HLTA National Assessment Partnership, is £450. Please be aware that payment of the programme fee does not guarantee achievement of the HLTA status.
For more information on fees and funding please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01604 893527.