Who is this for?

Gaining HLTA status is a recognised progression route for school support staff. HLTAs work closely with teachers to raise standards and help each learner reach their potential.

All applicants must have:

•Some experience of leading whole class learning with no teacher present

•Level 2 in Maths and English


What are the benefits?

Research by NFER in 2007 reported many benefits, including the rise in confidence and self-esteem of those gaining the status. Headlines from the report were that 91% of senior leaders and 80% of HLTAs identified positive impacts on pupil performance resulting from the HLTA role. 73% of senior leaders said that HLTA had reduced teacher workload. Visit the HLTA National Partnership website to find out more.



The Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) role was introduced in 2003, following workforce reform to raise standards and tackle workload in the classroom. HLTA status is awarded to support staff who meet the national HLTA standards.


How does the role differ from TA?

An HLTA does all the things that regular teaching assistants do but the biggest difference is the increased level of responsibility. For example HLTAs teach classes on their own, cover planned absences and allow teachers time to plan and mark.


How to apply

To apply for a HLTA status with Best Practice Network, please complete the preparation and assessment application form in the link. Local authorities, groups and clusters of schools who wish to determine their own course schedules and to submit bulk enrolments with Best Practice Network as the provider can do so; please confirm pricing and tutor availability with the HLTA team.

Best Practice Network has delivered HLTA since its inception. They have a highly experienced team of expert trainers who provide preparation to candidates across the country including the West Midlands, South West and now the East of England.

Applicants completing their programme application are asked to identify whether they have been recommended by a delivery partner. Please select West Herts Teaching School from the drop down list and then enter our Partner allocation Code, which is WHTS.

Deadlines for applications are:

14th February 2020 for enrolment Spring/ Summer term 2020

17th July 2020 for enrolment October/ November 2020

23rd October 2020 for enrolment January/ February 2021




"Good teaching assistants are essential to driving up standards in the classroom and helping students fulfil their full potential."

 Schools Minister David Laws
















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