HLTA Status International

✅ British Teaching Assistant standards for international schools

✅ Online facilitated training – complete HLTA safely & conveniently

✅ Free access to extra online CPD modules (The School Suite)

✅ Competitively priced and great value for money 

"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"
HLTA Graduate, 2019

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. 


    • Nationally recognised professional status - over 60,000 HLTAs 
    • Delivered online via facilitated workshops & webinars to international school candidates
    • HLTAs report greatly improved confidence, self-esteem and aspirations
  • An effective performance management framework 
  • Assured quality through rigorous national standards
  • Cost-effective, homegrown cover for PPA and other needs
  • Enhances knowledge, expertise and skills in supporting classroom learning
  • Career progression for teaching assistants
  • Can support progression to QTS


How is it delivered?

  • The two day face-to-face preparation course (delivered online) 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 3-hour school visit (.
  • Between days 1 and 2, you will engage in online activities to check understanding.
  • 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 is provided for the school assessment.
  • Approximately 4-7 weeks after day 2, you will email your final written tasks to the assessor who will then undertake a remote assessment and view the portfolio of evidence.


The status is gained through an assessment of written tasks, a portfolio of evidence and online interviews.


We are now delighted to offer our HLTA Status internationally. Candidates will be placed into international cluster groups with events scheduled according to local timezones.

School networks or alliances with several support staff wishing to complete the qualification should contact us about bespoke training that can be arranged at a local level and delivered within their schools.

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:

Application Process

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, hold a level 2 qualification in English/literacy
  • confirms they have seen documentary evidence that you, the applicant, hold a 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 international delivery groups.

You can download the HLTA Headteacher declaration form from the link below:
HLTA Headteacher Declaration Form

What does it cost?

The cost of the HLTA preparation programme, where participants are prepared for assessment, is £290. This cost of preparation does not include the actual assessment element which is £450 per person.

HLTA Programme Information