Higher level teaching assistants (HLTAs) do all the things that regular teaching assistants do but they have an increased level of responsibility. For example HLTAs teach classes on their own, cover planned absences and allow teachers time to plan and mark.
Under the direction of a teacher, HLTAs often plan, prepare and deliver learning activities with individual pupils, groups and whole classes, and also assess, record and report on pupils’ progress.
What skills and experience do I need?
- demonstrate that you meet the 33 HLTA professional standards
- have English and maths skills at Level 2 or equivalent
- know how to use ICT to support your work
- be trained in relevant learning strategies, e.g. literacy
- have specialist skills/ training in a curriculum area, e.g. sign language
To become a HLTA with Supply Tree you will require a level 4 certificate for HLTAs or previously been employed in a HLTA role. Alternatively teachers may consider this role particularly if they are looking to increase their confidence with a new year group or are wishing to return to teaching.