Teaching Assistants / HLTA Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTA)

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.

Delivery method

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:

In order to apply to take part in the programme the individual should

  1. Discuss their suitability with their headteacher or line manager as appropriate
  2. 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 daniel.davies@sewaleseas.org.uk

ERW: Heulwen Lloyd heulwen.lloyd@erw.org.uk

GwE: Wendy Williams WendyWilliams@gwegogledd.cymru