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HLTA - Higher Level Teaching Assistant

The national agreement on raising standards and tacking workload recognised that school support staff already make a vital contribution to pupils’ learning and achievement. With targeted training aimed at reinforcing and improving their skills, senior support staff working in the classroom can make an even more valuable contribution to improving standards in schools.

School support staff already make a vital contribution to pupils’ learning and achievement. Higher level teaching assistant (HLTA) status is aimed at reinforcing and improving their skills, allowing senior support staff working in the classroom to make an even more valuable contribution to improving standards in schools. 

Under the programme, which is currently available in England, support staff are assessed against HLTA standards. These have been developed to provide assurance to teachers, employers and parents of the quality of the contribution to pupils’ learning that those teaching assistants with HLTA status can be expected to make. They work closely with the teacher, complementing their role and freeing them up to have more time to develop each child to his or her potential.

Many schools have already found that deploying people with HLTA status to carry out an enhanced role within their school has helped them remodel their workforce effectively and improve work/life balance for their teaching staff.

People who achieve HLTA status receive a letter from the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) – on behalf of the Secretary of State for Education and Skills – which acts as proof of HLTA status for current and future employers. Over 8,000 people have achieved the status so far.

NCETM are working with HLTA in the North East to look at the development of Maths and Science HLTA. If you are an HLTA or are interested in HLTA status why not join the discussion in the HLTA community.

 
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