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HLTA assessment next week - any tips?

Discussion in 'Teaching assistants' started by marbles78, Jul 9, 2019.

  1. marbles78

    marbles78 New commenter

    I've got my HLTA assessment next Monday afternoon and I'm feeling really nervous. Does anyone have any tips, hints or advice to get through it please?
  2. sunshineneeded

    sunshineneeded Star commenter

    Read through your tasks again one more time; make sure all your documentary evidence is clearly labelled so that the assessor will be able to locate everything easily. If there are any standards where you feel your cover was a bit weak, be ready to be asked to describe another time when you have covered that standard.
    A question about your impact is often asked - how do you know that pupils have made progress in your lessons (from their answers to your questions; work in books; responses on whiteboards - lots of ways). This is also about assessment - how do you assess progress made, and what do you do with that knowledge?
    Try not to get too stressed - I know everyone does (I certainly did!), but almost everyone says it was nothing like as bad as they expected. The assessor will want you to do well and so will re-phrase questions to help you if you hesitate.
    Make sure you've set up a good, quiet space for the assessor to work. Leave water there, and maybe biscuits to go with the tea/coffee you will offer.
    You'll be fine! Best of luck and let us know how it goes.
  3. ruthwill500

    ruthwill500 New commenter

    Base your evidence on what you already do before emphasising how you will contribute in the future. Show that you are already fulfilling the majority of expectations.
    This makes it easy to prepare for and raises SMT awareness of how fortunate they are to have you on the team.
  4. marbles78

    marbles78 New commenter

    Thank you for all your help - I got home from my summer holiday yesterday to find my HLTA certificate had arrived in the post. So pleased to have passed! :)
  5. sunshineneeded

    sunshineneeded Star commenter

    Congratulations, marbles78 - lovely surprise to come back from your holiday to! All that hard work has paid off, hope you're celebrating in style! Enjoy the last week of the holidays and very best wishes for the new year.

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