Higher Level Teaching Assistant status is achieved by undergoing a 3 day preparation for assessment course delivered by an approved Provider of Preparation (HTLC), followed by assessment by a Regional Provider of Assessment. The RPA for the South East region is Babcock 4S. The cost of the course is £700 (£250 for the 3 day preparation course and £450 for the assessment fee). Schools should be aware that this 3-day course is for suitably experienced and qualified TAs to prepare for assessment and is not training for the HLTA role. There is an application process for the course to ensure candidate’s readiness.
To be eligible 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 qualifications in numeracy and literacy and be able to produce the original certificates. The Guidance Document from HLTA National Assessment Partnership below lists acceptable qualifications. Since January 2014 HLTA National assessment partnership have developed Level 2 Access tests in Literacy and numeracy for candidates who do not have these qualifications. Candidates that want to do HLTA but do not have the relevant qualifications for whatever reason they can take the access tests through Babcock 4S. Candidates need to be aware that these tests are to gain access to HLTA do not lead to a qualification and can be used for no other purpose. The sheet below gives further information.
The timetable for the next round of accreditation is candidate information day on 17 September 2014, applications close 17 October 2014. The three days of preparation will be 19 and 26 November and 17 December. Candidates will submit their written work for assessment by 28 January 2015 and their assessment visit will take place between 29 January and 11 March 2015.
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 HLTA0031 (please note that it isn’t HLTA0031-13AI)
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 Funding Applications, Hampshire Teaching and Leadership College, Falcon House, Monarch Way, Winchester,Hampshire, SO22 5PL
If you have any specific questions please email HLTA.Enquiries@hants.gov.uk
The HLTA National Assessment Partnership website has plenty of useful information about HLTA.
Following acceptance of your application and after Day 1 of the course please download the following forms for use in your assessment.
There are many courses available for support staff, too many to list here. Whatever your role,
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.
For support with booking courses:
Tel: 01962 718600
For other support:
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