Aspiring HLTA Development Programme

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 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.


Information Session

Watch this information session before applying 


Delivery Method

Due to current restrictions, it is not possible to offer a face-to-face programme.

The programme will run from January 2021 to September 2021, with specific dates to be arranged.

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 Experiences (PLE) are recorded throughout the programme and are submitted after the final session to support the HLTA assessment.


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:

  • have sufficient experience and specialised skills to evidence sustained highly effective practice against the professional standards for Assisting Teaching.
  • have or be willing to attain required level 2 qualifications*. (Applicants without Level 2 qualifications can apply for this programme but must attain Level 2 prior to assessment).
  • have some experience of leading the learning for whole classes without the presence of a qualified teacher. Teaching assistants who have limited experience of this may find that sufficient opportunities to teach classes can be arranged within the timescale of the programme. Headteachers will be asked to confirm that candidates have been or will be given these opportunities.
  • have the full support of their Headteacher who will be required to endorse the application.


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.



Application Link


Closing date: 20 November 2020

Should you wish to discuss any aspect of the above please contact your regional co-ordinator as detailed below.




Cheryl Roberts


Daniel Davies


Heulwen Lloyd


Wendy Williams




All the information sessions have now taken place.

Click here to download a copy of the poster.

Click here to download a copy of the Presentation.


For more information, please contact:

Ann Grenet
Professional Learning Manager

01286 685044