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Requirement of TA's to be qualified

Discussion in 'Teaching assistants' started by Newee, Nov 17, 2010.

  1. I gained my HLTA status last year and I can say it was not a walk in the park!!!! The 3 main tasks that you have to complete required a good knowledge of both NLS and NNS and the objectives together with an understanding of School, local goverment and national education policies.
    These tasks needed to cover all of the standards required all 33 of them and if they did not then there were 5 other tasks to complete so every area was covered. In my area if you are a TA working in Foundation Stage, Nursery, Child Minder or Lunchtime controller you will need to have NVQ level 3 by 2012.
    HLTA status in my school means that I can cover any class where a teacher is ill or on a course, and plan for these days if need be. Also since gainning my HLTA I now specialise in SEN teachingand this is extremely rewarding.
  2. I completely agree! I gained HLTA status when it was first introduced. I attended 4 training days and then it was all up to me! The standards required were exactly the same as those for a trainee teacher (about a third of them) and the assessment was rigorous. The process I went through definitely gave me more skills to be able to do my job properly. I work with half classes and small groups to improve literacy and numeracy - skills badly needed by our youngsters today.
  3. Hi, I recently completed my NVQ level 3 in Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools (the TA qualification) I completed mine through City & Guilds, you can search it on their website, and it was funded through the "train to gain" initiative, you can google this too ! my local business link advisor helped me to find a training provider - You have to be quite determined and keep pushing to get funding but once you do, it is straightforward - level 3 requires more detail & more evidence but you will find the units are similar and structured in the same way, hope this helps :)
  4. Funny you haven't replied to the numerous replies to your comments. I took my A levels some years ago so know how difficult they were.I have been a T/A for 5 years now and have the level 3 qualification, which incidently was no stroll in the park I have just started a foundation degree and am doing the HLTA status along side it.As has already been explained it's not at all about ticking boxes and is actually extremely intellectually challenging, far more so than my A levels were. So maybe next time you comment on something make sure you know what you're talking about !!!
  5. hubcap

    hubcap New commenter

    STAC is level 4, I have just achieved it after the 1st year of the foundation degree.
  6. I have been gaining qualifications and the status of HLTA since I first started training in the 1990s. However, I just wonder sometimes whether it is worth it from some of the comments received - not all but some. As TAs we are usually given responsibility to support learning of some of the most difficult children - usually because the very qualified teachers are unable to cope. Do we get rewarded by having our hard work acknowledge - not usually. From my understanding there is yet again no money to provide financial reward and of course regradings etc can only be given alongside financial reward. Has anyone else found this?

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