sorry but as a hlta i have to disagree. i dont want to be a teacher. i dont want to be used as a supply teacher (which has happened lots of times ) i dont want the responsibility of organising lessons for a class with 5 mins notice because the teacher hasnt left planning and i dont know what they were doing yesterday! i dont know what the national curric suggests for every subject for the whole of ks1 & 2. hlta status says we should be planning lessons with the support of a teacher but how many of us do this without support. we cant win - we want to support teachers but sometimes they forget we arent trained teachers- i've never been given any training on what to do when leading a class just expected to get on with it. gtp and nqt staff get more support than we do. most of us dont want teachers pay- just fair treatment and a salary that reflects what we do. not something that looks great on paper but when its adjusted (coz we dont work all year-yes because the school's shut and only restricted hours because its all the budget allows for) becomes only marginally more than we got as a standard ta . try asking your ta's what they are paid -it's a lot less than you think.