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