Teaching Assistants

This page is a signpost to the professional learning and support that CSC can offer you in your journey as a Teaching Assistant and a leader of learning.

Education in Wales: Our national mission (2017) states that that in order for Wales to achieve equity and excellent for all we “require a high-quality education workforce that is vibrant, engaged and committed to continuous learning for all.”

What Professional Learning (PL) is available to you?

National Professional Learning Entitlement

Induction TA Programme

There are 2 playlists designed for newly appointed teaching assistants. This programme is the first step on the TALP (Teaching Assistant Learning Pathway). The programme has been designed to support you as you navigate your way through your first year of being a TA.

Click here to access the playlist

Practising TA Programme

This 2-day programme is for teaching assistants who would welcome an update on the changing context of the profession. This programme is the next step in your professional development journey following on from the Induction playlists.

For further information please click here

Register here:

English Medium

Welsh Medium

Aspiring HLTA Development Programme

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 4-day programme delivered over 2 terms.

Information flyer

The next application will open in March 2024.

HLTA assessment

Upon successful completion of this Aspiring HLTA development programme TAs are in a very strong position to identify their readiness for HLTA assessment. HLTA status is awarded to those who are successful in their assessment.

Professional standards for assisting teaching

The Professional Assisting Teaching Standards have been designed to support TAs to be the best they can be, reflecting practice that is consistent with Curriculum for Wales.

Through the professional learning passport, practitioners can record their professional learning activities.

Bespoke support

CSC welcomes bespoke requests for from schools and clusters - please contact Rebecca Roach.

Keep up to date

For further support and guidance please contact:

Project Support Officer: Matthew Robbins

TALP Coordinators: Ailsa Newton (Welsh Medium) and Ceri Bloom (English Medium)

Associate Adviser for Early Career and TALP: Rebecca Roach

Email the team

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