HLTA – Higher Level Teaching Assistant.

What is a HLTA and what should I know?


What is an HLTA?

A Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) is a role which holds more responsibilities than a Teaching Assistant role as they are required take responsibility of their own class group and more such as planning for planned absences with working within the SEN team, sometimes supervising other teaching assistants. The role of an HLTA was introduced around in 2003, following workforce reform to raise standards and tackle workload in the classrooms as teaching staff were struggling with lack of staff and funding.

HLTA is a great way to promote a positive learning environment as they are able to take ownership of small areas of teaching and learning support strategies helping the whole schools approach.

Have a look at the SETs write up on Effective Use of Teaching Assistants.

In the past school got funding towards training staff to become higher-level assistants or to attend courses. The TDA, the organisation who gives financing, to the local authorities and schools they would have to continue on and pay for training teaching assistants themselves.

How can you become an HLTA?

To become an HLTA you will need the support of your Headteacher and a Level 2 in Maths, English, and sometimes ICT. You would need to have some experience as a teaching assistant, with the ability to lead. After this, you will then need to get funding sometimes the school pay for the course for you. However, you can get self- fund the path as it costs around £450 – £700 You would have to complete a 3-day training course as well as an on-site assessment visit by an assessor. You would have to answer correctly to questions and know the 33 standards Higher Level Teaching Assistant questions.

Your responsibilities could include?

Manage other teaching assistants

Liaise with managers/teaching staff and teaching assistants

Hold regular team meetings with managed staff

Represent teaching assistants in teaching staff/management/other appropriate meetings

Undertake recruitment/induction/appraisal/training/mentoring for other teaching assistants

Comply with and assist with the development of policies and procedures relating to child

protection, health, safety and security, confidentiality and data protection, reporting all concerns to an appropriate person

Be aware of and support difference and ensure all pupils have equal access to opportunities to learn and develop

Contribute to the overall ethos/work/aims of the school

Establish constructive relationships and communicate with other agencies/professionals, in liaison with the teacher, to support achievement and progress of pupils

Attend and participate in regular meetings

Participate in training and other learning activities as required

Recognise own strengths and areas of expertise and use these to advise and support others

Be responsible for the provision of out of school learning activities within guidelines established by the school

Contribute to the identification and execution of appropriate out of school learning activities which consolidate and extend work carried out in class

Attend and participate in relevant meetings both during and after the school day as required

To continuously develop your own role, taking responsibility for identifying and addressing training and development needs

To carry out, as and when required, any additional tasks and responsibilities as are

reasonably compatible with this job description and its objectives

You may be asked to teach and plan for SEN learners and withdraw groups that require additional assistance with their learning. To do this, you will need to prepare, deliver and evaluate your work and others

What is the pay?

Depending on your location and the amount of responsibility you have the pay can range from £16,000 to £24,000. Plus more with management, SEN and other factors.

This is depending on your local authorities pay scale.

Tips: You should check with the Local Authority to fully understand the pay scales in your area. You can then cross-check this with your schools pay.

What is the next step?

You can go on to train as a teacher or an assessor. You could go into administration, family partnership, management ( Team Leader) or start teacher training. Such as a PGCE or other teacher training courses.


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What is a PGCE?

What is a PGCE? and what do I need to know.

What is a PGCE?

PGCE stands for a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. This course is for people who have a Level 6 to 7 Degree in their chosen subject to teach in.

The PGCE is two years part-time and one-year full time. This usually is academic years.

Part-time you would attend a classroom of trainee teachers and work on all your coursework in your own time. To take this course, you often need to be teaching at a school up to 150 hours a year.

Full time you would attend the classroom lessons 4 to 5 days a week, and you would work and complete all your work in and out of the classroom. Towards the end of the degree, you would do a 3 to 4-week placement. You might have to find this yourself, or your provider will find one for you or help.

Depending on the type of PGCE you go for you will have to apply to be a qualified teacher at the end of the PGCE. A PGCE is a qualification demonstrating your ability as a teacher and proving you have been trained as a teacher.

However, to become and qualified teacher you will need to apply for QTS or QTLS may have QTS. This is your licence to practice and proof of competence.

Some PGCE have QTS included in their PGCE. However, you must check this before applying for your PGCE as it is pricey to pay on your own.

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