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HLTA status

Performance Management

Information about how to obtain Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) status and dates of the current programmes.

Templates of the current Hampshire County Council performance management process for support staff in schools.

Courses and Consultancy

Many of the support staff courses (prefix CLAS) seen in the Learning Zone can be delivered on school premises. We also offer aadvice and consultancy for schools in relation to support staff. This might include, qualification frameworks, progression routes, development of support staff performance management and advice on the deployment and development of support staff. Please contact for more details.

Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools

This is a service that we can deliver to schools, either as a taught programme in a single school for several participants, a taught programme in a single location for a cluster of schools who want to share the cost or as an accreditation only service for schools who wish to use their own in house induction as the training element.

The Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools is a knowledge based qualification suitable for all support staff roles in schools, including site staff, administrators etc. as well as those who work directly with children and young people. It seeks to develop the knowledge and understanding that all those working in a school setting will need and covers areas such as safeguarding, communication and relationships, child development and understanding the school context. A stand alone qualification in its own right, completion of the award will also afford teaching assistants exemption from five units of the Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning. The units covered are;

  • Child and young person development
  • Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
  • Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people
  • Schools as organisations

Prices available on application. Please contact for details.

Routes to teaching for support staff

If you are a member of support staff considering making the change to teaching and you already have a degree please visit the Department of Education's Get into Teaching website.

You may also wish to consider the Straight to Teaching programme available through the TES Institute.

If you need to get a degree to enable you to access teacher training and prefer to do so whilst remaining in your current job and studying part time you may wish to consider foundation degrees or the Open University.