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Moving up to HLTA

Discussion in 'Teaching assistants' started by sch1968, Dec 10, 2015.

  1. sch1968

    sch1968 New commenter

    I have been asked if I would like to train as a HLTA, which I have said yes to. I just wondered how ong it normally takes and what the process is?

    Thank you
  2. sunshineneeded

    sunshineneeded Star commenter

    Hi Congratulations on being asked if you would like to go for HLTA! You don't actually 'train' to apply for the status - you will usually have been a TA for a minimum of two years and be already working at a high standard. When you apply to a registered preparation and assessment trainer, you will attend three days 'preparation for assessment' course. These three days will help you put together a portfolio of evidence which will show that you can meet the HLTA standards. You will need evidence of working one to one with a child, working with a group and (this is a very important one) of whole class teaching without the teacher present - this means 'active teaching' rather than just covering while the class complete teacher-set tasks. When your portfolio is complete and has been handed in, an assessor will visit you at school for half a day. There is no observation - the assessor will talk to you, to the class teacher you nominate and to your head teacher.

    It does all sound quite scary, but it's very do-able - and if you school are willing to put you forward (and stump up the cost?) they must have confidence that you are already working at the level.

    There is masses of information at hlta.org.uk - you'll find the standards you have to meet there, plus lots of other helpful hints.

    Good luck - remember, there are very knowledgeable folk and lots of help on this forum!
  3. sch1968

    sch1968 New commenter

    Thank you very much for your help. I am looking forward to getting started now!
  4. snugglepot

    snugglepot Occasional commenter

    Great info from sunshine. You work together offering support on the 3 days. So if you are not sure you can ask others to read it and look at the STDs you might have missed. It is quite fast paced so take notes esp examples. When you are doing your Tasks use photos, children's work original if you can or photocopied as you need to evidence as you go.think about what you want to specialise in. I did a Maths, English, Art ,D&T and worked with a pupil with SEN. My specialism is Art, D&T and SEN. Task 5 mops up all the things left -STDs. I completed mine 18 days after but I would advise you to take longer if you get the option.
  5. sch1968

    sch1968 New commenter

    Thank you, I am waiting to find out when the next intake is, in the meantime I am going to be covering for 1 or 2 hours a week, so should be able to get some evidence along the way :)
  6. sch1968

    sch1968 New commenter

    well day 1 was today, and it's a lot to take in but it's not as bad as I first thought :)
  7. Wonderwoman1

    Wonderwoman1 New commenter

    Why would anyone want to be a HLTA? In many schools they are used as teachers but are paid a lot less. The difference in our school in pay between a HLTA and a teaching assistant is £2.
    aspensquiver_2 and Scintillant like this.
  8. sch1968

    sch1968 New commenter

    I am doing it because I want to for me not for the extra money or lack of it!!
    NickiCleveland and Jesmond12 like this.
  9. sunshineneeded

    sunshineneeded Star commenter

    Good to hear that you are going ahead with the HLTA, sch1968. It is a lot to take in on day 1 - I know you feel bombarded with information - but it WILL become clearer as you go along. I hope you have exchanged contact with some of the others in your group; peer support is invaluable. Another good source of advice could be colleagues - maybe the teacher you work with most of the time. I usually run a workshop or two for the candidates in our LA ... I think it works to:
    1. Decide on what you are going to use for F1, F2 and F3 (don't worry about standards at this stage) and draft them.
    2. Add standards and 'tweak' anything needed. Make notes about documentary evidence which comes to mind.
    3. Check through to see which standards you haven't covered.
    4. Think about situations and events you could use for the remainder of the tasks to cover these standards.
    5. Collect your documentary evidence.
    6. Finally, complete the 'grid' to cross reference everything.
    7. Have a large glass of wine and collapse!

    I completed my HLTA and obtained the status several years ago, in the first cohort. I know there is lots of bad press around, but I've never regretted it. My role has changed beyond recognition and (like all roles in school) is still evolving every year. There is a great deal of pressure, but I actually enjoy going to work every day and get a great deal of satisfaction from my job ... and sadly, not everyone can say that.

    Best of luck!
  10. trainershoes

    trainershoes New commenter

    Congratulations on being offered the chance to go for HLTA status, enjoy the learning curve, but be careful as some educational establishments will expect people with the status to do the "role: without the extra pay.
  11. snugglepot

    snugglepot Occasional commenter

    Great advice from sunshine.
    I can only add this advice.
    A Maths and English lesson are good to cover two Tasks.
    Take a camera and use photos as evidence for some.
    Work with colleagues on the course as they may spot STDs for you. We read and marked each other's in pencil. We were able to cover two in the time given.
    Leave plenty of time to complete the grid as it takes longer than you expect.
    Good luck.

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