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 2019:

If you are interested in becoming an HLTA, drop in sessions from 4pm – 5pm will take place in January in the following schools:

  • 9th January 2019 - Hywel Dda Primary – Cardiff and Vale
  • 10th January 2019 - Pendoylan - Church in Wales Primary - Vale of Glamorgan
  • 15th January 2019 - Cathays High - Cardiff
  • 16th January 2019 - Cwmbach Church in Wales School - Rhondda Cynon Taff
  • 17th January 2019 - Holton Primary - Vale of Glamorgan
  • 22nd January 2019 - Ysgol Santes Tudful - Merthyr Tudful
  • 24th January 2019 - Pencoed Primary - Bridgend

Aspiring HLTA Day, January 29th 2019 at Coleg Y Cymoedd, Nantgarw
This training day is an opportunity for you to receive more extensive information, network, collaborate and develop professionally. Bookings for this day must be made online via Cronfa.

For further information, please contact

Application pack for the 2019 HLTA programme:

Closing date for returning applications for the Spring round is Friday 1st February 2019.

Timetable for HLTA 2019 Spring Cohort
Application information available on line At all times
Awareness raising sessions As above
Closing date for applications 01/02/2019
Notify applicants of outcome w/c 11/02/2019
HLTA Briefing Day 1 06/03/2019
HLTA Briefing Day 2 20/03/2019
HLTA Briefing Day 3 03/04/2019
Closing date tasks 03/05/2019
HLTA assessment period 13/05/2019 - 14/06/2019
Outcome letters to candidates w/c 08/07/2019
Timetable for HLTA 2019 Summer Cohort
Application information available on line At all times
Awareness raising sessions As above
Closing date for applications 05/07/2019
Notify applicants of outcome w/c 15/07/2019
HLTA Briefing Day 1 11/09/2019
HLTA Briefing Day 2 25/09/2019
HLTA Briefing Day 3 16/10/2019
Closing date tasks 08/11/2019
HLTA assessment period 18/11/2019 - 29/11/2019
Outcome letters to candidates w/c 16/12/2019