Two TAs where I work have recently gained HLTA status. They are used to cover when teachers are out on courses and for when teachers have their subject leader time. PPA is covered by other teachers. The HLTAs are only paid at the HLTA rate for this work, at all other times they are paid the same as the other TAs. I am considering working towards the status, school are going to fund it ( possibly to stop me asking about NVQs!) but I don't want my role to become about being cheaper than a supply teacher. Any thoughts?