Special offer for our Autumn cohort
Applicants who apply for our Autumn 2020 cohort will receive free access to the Teaching Toolkit from our accredited online CPD library The School Suite.
Best Practice Network (BPN) has prepared and assessed more than 10,000 HLTAs and is delighted to offer our HLTA Status nationally.
"The confidence boost and professional development I have gained as an HLTA has enabled me to be able to take on more important roles within the school"
Who is this for?
Gaining HLTA status is a recognised progression route for school support staff. HLTAs work closely with teachers to raise standards and help each learner reach their potential.
All applicants must have:
- Some experience of leading whole-class learning with no teacher present
- Level 2 in Maths and English
In order to be accepted onto HLTA, prospective candidates must secure support from their Headteacher to:
- confirm they consider you to be suitable to undertake the HLTA status
- confirm that you, the applicant, have undertaken whole class teaching with no teacher present on at least 2 occasions
- confirms they have seen documentary evidence that you, the applicant,
holda level 2 qualification in English/literacy
- confirms they have seen documentary evidence that you, the applicant,
holda level 2 qualification in Maths/numeracy
Only applicants with a completed corresponding Headteacher declaration form will be accepted onto the qualification & offered a place in one of our delivery groups.
You can download the HLTA Headteacher declaration form from the link below:
HLTA Headteacher Declaration Form
What are the benefits?
In a 2019 survey of our HLTA graduates, 91% answered that gaining the status had increased their confidence in their own abilities.
Research by NFER in 2007 reported many benefits, including the rise in confidence and self-esteem of those gaining the status. Headlines from the report were that 91% of senior leaders and 80% of HLTAs identified positive impacts on pupil performance resulting from the HLTA role. 73% of senior leaders said that HLTA had reduced teacher workload. Visit the HLTA National Partnership website to find out more.
- Fit for purpose, nationally recognised professional status - over 52,000 HLTAs since 2003
- Highly positive impact on schools and outcomes for children and young people
- HLTAs report greatly improved confidence, self-esteem and aspirations
- An effective performance management framework
- Assures quality through rigorous national standards
homegrowncover for PPA and other needs
- Enhances knowledge, expertise and skills in supporting learning
- Career progression for HLTAa and mentors
- Can support progression to QTS
How is it delivered?
- The two day face-to-face preparation course explains the HLTA standards and the HLTA assessment process and fully explains how to put together the required portfolio of evidence. Guidance is provided on completing the required written tasks and explains the purpose and the set-up of the
- Between days 1 and 2, you will engage in online activities to check
- The group returns for day 2 approximately 5-6 working weeks later to review progress and receive formative feedback on the tasks written so far. Further guidance and support
isprovided for the school assessment visit.
- Approximately 4-7 weeks after day 2, you will email your final written tasks to the assessor who then comes to your school about two weeks after this to carry out the interviews and view the portfolio of evidence.
The status is gained through an assessment of written tasks, a portfolio of evidence and interviews. You are not observed in class. In response to Covid-19 we are currently only carrying out remote assessments until further notice.
We are now delighted to offer our HLTA Status nationally.
You can select your preferred group location and dates in the application form. We aim to allocate each candidate their chosen
School networks or alliances with
What does it cost?
The cost of the HLTA preparation programme, where participants are prepared for assessment, is £290 + VAT. This cost of preparation does not include the actual assessment element which is £450 per person, no VAT applies to this assessment fee.
HLTA Programme Information
Information on maths and English requirements for HLTA can be found within our Standard 11 Guidance Document.
Please note: if your certificates are in a different name to the one you currently use (for example, if you’ve been married and changed your surname) we’ll also need you to send us a copy of your certificate proving this.
You can either contact the examining body that you took the exam through for a replacement certificate (there is often a small fee for this), or you can take an entry test for the HLTA course.
No, we can offer you a provisional place on the course until your tests have been completed and marked.
Unfortunately, there is not currently any funding available from the government for HLTA programmes.
We base the location of preparation groups on the location of candidates who apply for the course to ensure that groups are as convenient as possible for as many as possible. As such, this can vary from cohort to cohort. Once you’ve made an application, we’ll contact you shortly after the application deadline to let you know where your group will be based.
If it turns out to be too far for you to travel, you can attend an online preparation programme instead, defer your place to a later cohort (when the group locations may be different), or withdraw from the programme free of charge.
For the standard face-to-face programme, you will need to be out of school for two single days, roughly six working-weeks apart (accounting for school holidays).
For the online option, you will need to be available either at school or at home, with school’s permission, to engage in online activities on two single days, again roughly six working weeks apart.
- assess your written tasks
- scrutinise your e-portfolio of documents
- interview you, a teacher (or teachers) you work closely with, and the headteacher (or their delegate) in order to verify whether you have met all the HLTA standard.
The assessment will take place via a video conferencing facility such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Skype. Full details will be provided as part of the preparation programme.
Our preparation for assessment typically takes place over a 6 week period. There are two preparation days (preparing you for the HLTA assessment) where you meet with your tutor and other participants that we call ‘candidates’. Between the two preparation days (typically 6 weeks apart) you will need to spend approximately one to two days drafting your assessment tasks, collecting evidence for your folder, reading through the support documentation provided and completing an online unit of support.
The preparation days prepare you on how to approach the eight required written tasks, the portfolio of documentary evidence and the assessment interview.
Through the eight written tasks you must demonstrate you meet all the HLTA standards except standard 11 which is demonstrated through your literacy / numeracy qualifications.
- Task 1: working with an individual.
- Task 2: working with a small group (3 or more children).
- Task 3: working with a whole class.
- Tasks 4-8: five situations/events that enable you to show you meet any remaining standards and/or those that need strengthening.
Please note: In all tasks, you must use examples of your employed work with children aged three or above. Work carried out as a volunteer is not admissible as evidence towards HLTA.