With funding withdrawn for HLTA training and it now having to be paid for by candidates or their school I am assuming that numbers applying for training are in decline! I wonder what the future for the HLTA role is. Will it eventually become phased out? The promise of HLTA status has not been delivered for many who have undertaken the training. Many HLTAs have not secured HLTA posts but have increased responsibility. Some HLTAS only receive extra renumeration for the time that they are providing whole class teaching. Those that have HLTA positions often find themselves overworked and overwhelmed by their role and are finding themselves taking work and worry home. I do wonder what will happen when the wave of HLTA trained in the last few years have decided that it is their time to move on, what will replace them? Do HLTAs think that they will still be in their job in 5/10 years time? What direction do you see the role taking in the future? Like a lot of HLTAs I have a good few years under my belt. I began as a TA when my son was younger and it was a great job for me as I had no childcare costs. With my son now grown up I no longer need the school holidays and do wonder whether the long hours, extra work with very little extra renumeration is worth it. I feel less optimistic about the HLTA role and have met other similarly disillusioned HLTAs. Head teachers have found a way of managing the costs of PPA to school but at a personal cost to HLTAs who are not trained teachers but are increasingly expected to step into trained teacher's shoes! Am I just a grumpy moo or are there other exhausted HLTAs out there?