Hi I was a TA untill 2006, as I left to have my son, and am now applying for local TA jobs as he's now full time in Reception year. I notice a lot of talk on here about TA grade2 and 3... but althought I went on a lot of one day courses, and did a ta introductory course when i started,(1999) I don't remember doing a specific course to become a grade 2 etc. I worked there for 7 years, did emergency over with another TA ( who started same time as me, not an HTLA) when a teacher was sick or late, and took groups of up to 12 children for set lessons in my own small room outside the class , and took ALS lessons. I did all the prep and marking and was given prep time for this too. I'm guessing this made me a L2 Ta... but I don't have any certificates etc to show at any upcoming interviews. I was about to go on the HTLA course, when I had to leave, which was a shame, as an HTLA post has been advertised locally! Also, is there still funding for HTLAs.. or could i do it privately? I already study, and have almost finished my degree, and have 2 Diplomas, so if I get the job I'm after I'd really hope that they'd eventuallly consider me to do the course . Thanks for your time, any info would be appreciated!