Aspiring HLTA Development Programme
This is a new national programme co-ordinated by regional consortia, utilising a range of delivery partners, in collaboration with Local Authorities.
This Aspiring HLTA Development Programme is to support the most experienced Teaching Assistants who wish to further develop their skills and identify their readiness for HLTA Assessment.
It is a 5 day programme (equivalent) delivered over 2 – 3 terms and examines the new professional standards in depth. The programme explores the crucial role of Teaching Assistants in supporting the pupils and schools in achieving the objectives of the National Mission, Schools as Learning Organisations and developing the New Curriculum.
Upon successful completion of this programme Teaching Assistants are in a very strong position to identify their readiness for HLTA assessment.
Due to current restrictions, it is not possible to offer a face-to-face programme.
Dates for applications for the next round of the programme will be released soon.
Delivery of the programme will be a combination of self-directed study, online support and webinars. The webinars will be designed to address core aspects of the programme and to deal with questions. Each webinar will last no longer than two hours and will take place during the school day. If necessary, schools will need to release candidates from their responsibilities for these times, just as they would if a candidate were attending a face-to-face course.
This development programme will consist of 4 modules:
Module 1 Professional Learning, National Context and Collaboration
Module 2 Influencing Learning, Refining Teaching and Collaboration
Module 3 Advancing Learning and Collaboration
Module 4 Leadership, Innovation and Collaboration
Candidates will be asked to complete short pieces of writing about a range of activities that they are involved in, including lessons with an individual pupil, a small group and a whole class. Other activities might include such things as educational visits, meetings and other everyday school situations.
These pieces of writing, Professional Learning Reflections (PLRs) are recorded throughout the programme and are submitted after the final session to support the HLTA assessment.
Watch this video of the online information session
Access to the programme is through a national application process and will be delivered by the regional consortia and their partners including Local Authorities.In order to be eligible for the Aspiring HLTA programme applicants must:
- have sufficient experience and specialised skills to evidence sustained highly effective practice against the professional standards for Assisting Teaching.
- have or be willing to attain required level 2 qualifications (Applicants without Level 2 qualifications can apply for this programme but must attain Level 2 prior to assessment).
- have some experience of leading the learning for whole classes without the presence of a qualified teacher. Teaching assistants who have limited experience of this may find that sufficient opportunities to teach classes can be arranged within the timescale of the programme. Headteachers will be asked to confirm that candidates have been or will be given these opportunities.
- have the full support of their Headteacher who will be required to endorse the application.
In order to apply to take part in the programme the individual should
- Discuss their suitability with their headteacher or line manager as appropriate
- Submit a completed application form by the notified closing date using the application link.
Apply online here - closing date 18th June 2021.
Should you wish to discuss any aspect of the above please contact your regional co-ordinator as detailed below.
CSC: Cheryl Roberts Cheryl.Roberts@cscjes.org.uk
EAS: Daniel Davies firstname.lastname@example.org
ERW: Heulwen Lloyd email@example.com
GwE: Wendy Williams WendyWilliams@gwegogledd.cymru