What does an HLTA do?
Like regular Teaching Assistants, HLTAs perform educational duties to reduce the responsibilities of Teachers. However, HLTAs can perform more complex and responsible tasks than standard Teaching Assistants. Their efforts ease the pressure on Teachers, allowing them more time to prepare lessons and mark assignments and exams. Since HLTAs can prepare lessons and teach classes, they also help students receive uninterrupted learning when their regular Teachers are ill or on leave. The expertise of HLTAs also helps schools deliver specialised curricula and improve outcomes for students with special needs.
HLTA skills and qualifications
HLTAs help Teachers and students using a variety of hard and soft skills. A successful HTLA candidate will have various prerequisite skills and qualifications that include:
- English, mathematics and other relevant subject knowledge
- Computer literacy, including confidence in incorporating computers into classroom lessons and using digital record-keeping software
- Verbal and written communication, including active listening, for effective classroom instruction and understanding students’ needs
- Interpersonal skills, including etiquette and social awareness, for working with students, Teachers and Carers
- Fluency in other languages, including sign language, in some cases
- Understanding of the expectations of the EYFS or relevant curricula (KS1, KS2, KS3 or KS4), marking criteria and ideal learning outcomes
HLTA experience requirements
HLTAs need experience working as Teaching Assistants. This experience helps people learn how to work well with Teachers, students and Carers before they receive additional responsibilities. There is no set period of time people should work as a Teaching Assistant before becoming an HLTA. Teaching Assistants typically start working towards becoming HLTAs once their school and Head Teacher recognises their potential.
HLTA education and training requirements
HLTAs need Level 2 or equivalent qualifications in English/literacy and mathematics/numeracy. After receiving these qualifications, Teaching Assistants must complete a three-day HLTA preparation course. An Assessor then visits the Teaching Assistant’s school to determine their suitability. If Teaching Assistants pass this assessment, they can work towards satisfying the 33 professional standards required for HLTA status. While it isn’t essential, some people may also attain the Higher Level Teaching Assistants Level 4 Certificate to distinguish themselves from other candidates.
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