CSCJES - Central South Consortium Joint Education Service

Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTA)

Thinking of becoming a HLTA?

What is HLTA Status?

  • Higher level teaching assistants undertake a wide variety of roles – some work across the curriculum, some act as specialist assistants for a specific subject or department – the work varies according to the needs, type and age-phase of the school.
  • In all cases HLTA have at least one specific area of expertise in the development of learning and well-being of children and young people.
  • In all cases HLTA work with individuals, small groups and whole classes to lead learning.
  • HLTA status is awarded by Welsh Government to individuals who have proved that they meet the current National Requirements for HLTA.

Candidates are required to have:

  • Achieved a qualification on first language Welsh or English / literacy and mathematics/numeracy at level 2 of the national qualifications framework equivalent to GCSE A-C, or above and they must be able to provide proof of the details of those qualifications
  • Sufficient experience to provide evidence that they meet the requirements in relation to the HLTA status
  • Have had experience of teaching a whole class without a teacher being present
  • The endorsement and support of the headteacher

Information about the HLTA Programme 2018-19

If you are interested in becoming an HLTA, information sessions will take place in the following schools:

  • 5th June – YG Llangynwyd, Bridgend between 4.00pm – 5.00pm
  • 6th June - Ynysboeth Community Primary - RCT between 4.00pm – 5.00pm
  • 7th June - Bryncethin Primary School - Bridgend between 4.00pm – 5.00pm
  • 11th June – Cyfarthfa Park Primary – Merthyr Tydfil between 4.00pm – 5.00pm
  • 13th June - Evenlode Primary - Vale of Glamorgan 4.00pm – 5.00pm
  • 14th June – Ysgol y Deri – Vale of Glamorgan between 4.00pm – 5.00pm
  • 18th June - Ysgol y Ddraig - Vale of Glamorgan between 4.00pm – 5.00pm
  • 20th June – Thornhill Primary – Cardiff between 4.00pm – 5.00pm

For further information please contact


A0. National Requirements
A1. Literacy and Numeracy Guidance
A2. Headteacher Briefing Note
A5. Application Form

Closing date for returning applications for the Autumn round is 6th July 2018.

Timetable for HLTA 2018-19 Autumn Cohort Spring Cohort
Application Information available on line At all times At all times
Awareness Raising Sessions See above TBC
Closing date for Applications 06/07/2018 01/02/2019
Notify applicants of outcome w/c 16/07/2018 11/02/2019
HLTA Briefing Day 1 12/09/2018 w/c 04/03/2019
HLTA Briefing Day 2 26/09/2018 w/c 18/03/2019
HLTA Briefing Day 3 10/10/2018 w/c 01/04/2019
Closing date Tasks 05/11/2018 03/05/2019
HLTA Assessment Period 12/11/2018 - 30/11/2018 13/05/2019 - 14/06/2019
Outcome Letters to Candidates w/c 17/12/2018 08/07/2019


In addition to the above information sessions there will be one day training programme on 2nd July 2018 from 9am – 3.00pm at Coleg-y-Cymoedd, Nantgarw, CF15 7QX.

This is for teaching assistants who are interested in following the HLTA scheme in 2018-19. This training day is an opportunity for you to receive more extensive information, to network, to collaborate and to develop professionally. Information will be provided on the day about: the HLTA scheme and what is required in order to apply; the experiences of previous HLTA candidates; how to get Level 2 qualifications locally (English/Welsh/Maths); the Professional Learning Passport; changes in Education etc.

One day's supply costs will be reimbursed to your school for this one day programme. Please note that places are limited.

To book a place at any of the above sessions please contact