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HTLC Learning and Development

Support Staff

Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) Status

Higher Level Teaching Assistant status is achieved by suitably qualified and experienced candidates  undergoing a 3 day preparation for assessment course delivered by an approved Provider of Preparation (e.g. Hampshire Teaching and Leadership College), followed by assessment by a Regional Provider of Assessment (RPA). The RPA for the South East region is Babcock 4S based in Surrey.

The cost of gaining HLTA status is  £700. £250 for the 3 day course and £450 for the assessment. Schools should be aware that the 3-day course is to prepare  for assessment.  It  is not training for the HLTA role. There is an application process to ensure candidate’s readiness.

To be eligible for the preparation course support staff will need to be able to write about work they have carried out during the past year; one to one with a pupil, with a small group and with a whole class without the presence of the assigned teacher. They must also have Level 2 (GCSE) qualifications in numeracy and literacy and be able to produce the original certificates. The Required Qualifications link below lists acceptable qualifications. Candidates who want to seek HLTA status but do not have the relevant qualifications can take the access tests through Babcock 4S. These tests are to gain access to HLTA, do not lead to a qualification and can be used for no other purpose. The sheet HNAP Level 2 Access tests sheet below gives further information.

The timetable for the next round of accreditation is candidate information day on 16 September 2015, applications close 16 October 2015. The three days of preparation will be 18, 25 November and 16 December 2015. Candidates will submit their written work for assessment by 27 January 2016 and their assessment visit will take place between 03 February and 09 March 2016.

The candidate information day, which costs £115, explains the HLTA standards and process.. Delegates are supported in undertaking a self-analysis against the standards to establish if they are ready for the 3-day course. Whilst attendance at the information day is not mandatory HTLC would strongly urge that candidates do so to establish their readiness before applying for a place. Candidates who discover they are not yet ready leave with an action plan to enable them to develop the skills and experience they need.

Please book on line via the Learning Zone using course code HLTA0041

Are you now ready to apply for a place on the preparation for assessment course? You need to submit the following completed forms,

Please send to:

HLTA Applications, Hampshire Teaching and Leadership College, Clarendon House, Monarch Way, Winchester,Hampshire, SO22 5PW

If you have any specific questions please email

The HLTA National Assessment Partnership website has plenty of useful information about HLTA.

Required Qualifications  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 1MB

HNAP Level 2 Access tests for HLTA Standard 11 Info for POPs  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 197kB

Advice regarding Distance Learning HLTA Courses Microsoft Word 21kB

Candidate handbook  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 812kB

Following acceptance of your application and after Day 1 of the course please download the following forms for use in your assessment.


Support staff

There are many courses available for support staff, too many to list here. Whatever your role,

  • Bursars, Business Manager, Administrative or Finance
  • Classroom based staff and those support children elsewhere in the school e.g. midday supervisors
  • Technicians
  • Site managers, Caretakers, Premises and Facilities
Or, if you are looking for a generic course, for example minibus training, first aid, fire safety, health and safety. Please visit the Learning Zone and search by key word.’


Performance Management

The accountabilities section of the support staff form is to provide an opportunity to identify the standards that the individual is expected to deliver in relation to key responsibilities of the post as taken from the individual's role profile.  The manager can then assess to what extent the individual is meeting these and identify evidence to support these conclusions.  It is also an opportunity to focus on certain aspects in order to enhance future career opportunities.


Foundation Degrees to QTS

Support staff can study while working to gain a Foundation degree and follow up BA Honours (top up) which can lead on to PGCE or School Direct ITT for candidates with relevant GCSE passes. Foundation degrees take between 2 and 4 years and BA Hons (top-up) 1 to 2 years depending on provider. The courses are a mixture of University and work-based learning and usually require attendance at University one day a week.


Tuition fees are in the region of £4000 per year, however there are no upfront tuition costs. Students from the UK/EU who have not studied for a degree before can apply for a tuition fee loan for each year of the course(s) which are repaid only once the student is earning or has a pension of more than £21000 a year.

Local providers

Some local providers who are happy to be contacted for further details are:

University of Chichester Sian Howie 01243 812055

Peter Symonds College Paula Baker 01962 886166

University of Portsmouth Chris Neanon 023 9284 5204

University of Winchester Karen Morris 01962 827101

Most will hold Open Days/Evenings for potential students in the near future. Please contact the individual providers for further details.



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