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This course is designed to support teaching assistants and other school support staff to progress to the role of Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA), recognising your experience and the specialist support you offer to your workplace.
Other course locations
This course will be delivered at venues throughout the East Midlands area (Northampton, Leicester, Lincoln, Derby and Nottingham).
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. You will be 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 to support candidates in preparing for assessment. This will include completion of tasks, gathering of supporting evidence and an assessor visit to your setting. These three preparation days are designed to address all the HLTA standards in relation to your work in your own educational settings.
You will be assessed on how you meet the HLTA standards through written tasks where you will describe the way you work in your education setting with an individual child, a small group, the whole class (without a teacher present) and five other situations of your choice.
As well as the submitted written tasks, you will need to provide oral evidence and associated documentary evidence to reinforce your written tasks which will be gained when the assessor visits your school.
Facilities and Special Features
We are recognised as one of the leading national providers of Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) programmes and are the sole Regional Provider of Assessment (RPA) of HLTA Candidates in the East Midlands region. We work closely with the three other regional RPAs within the HLTA National Assessment Partnership (HNAP) to maintain the quality, consistency and continuity of the programme.
Candidates can also benefit from:
- venues throughout the East Midlands area (Northampton, Leicester, Lincoln, Derby and Nottingham)
- 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.
HLTA status is recognition of your ability to work at a higher level with increased responsibility. Working towards this goal can be regarded as a natural progression for able and experienced support staff within education.
Through the process of Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning, HLTA is equivalent to 40 Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) points at level 4 and can be used in place of some Year One modules on the University of Northampton’s Foundation Degree in Learning and Teaching.
How to apply
Please apply directly to the University via email@example.com or telephone 01604 893527 and we will send you an application pack.
Please include copies of your Maths or numeracy and English or literacy certificates/evidence with your application.
For information about how to obtain replacement certificates please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once your application has been received by the university, you will be contacted with details of the next steps.
To be eligible for this course you must:
- 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
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 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 please contact email@example.com or call 01604 893527.