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:
Within the criteria for achieving HLTA status, standard 11 refers to the maths and English qualifications required. It states:
You’ll need to have a nationally recognised qualification at Level 2 or above in English/literacy and mathematics/numeracy
In reality, people tend to have various qualifications that often equate to a Level 2 and are still valid for HLTA. Because it can be confusing, we’ve tried to simplify it with some FAQs below:
What is an acceptable maths and English qualification?
HNAP Entry Tests for Maths and English
To support teaching assistants who don’t have proof of Level 2 maths and/or English, HNAP have produced their own entry tests. These tests have been designed to show that an HLTA candidate is working at an appropriate level to meet the requirements of HLTA standard 11. The tests do not lead to a qualification but a successful pass in either of the tests will be accepted by HNAP as sufficient evidence of standard 11. For further information please go to www.hlta.org.uk/resources
Please note: these tests should be taken and results verified before submitting your application form. Please also read first our ‘Letter to Schools‘ before downloading your application form.
Please contact Helen Jane, our HLTA Community South West administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
If you have overseas qualifications these will need to be verified by the National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC). You can call them on 0871 330 7033 or visit www.ecctis.co.uk/naric/. Please be aware that this may take some time and there will be a cost involved.
Take a look at this comprehensive list of acceptable qualifications
When will I need to provide evidence of meeting standard 11?
Can I still apply if I’m waiting for my result?
Whilst it isn’t ideal, we do accept your application if your result is ‘pending’. Some exam boards will give you a date when you may expect your result.
What if my result doesn’t arrive in time?
We’ll allow you to attend the first two days of training, but you must have your result before the third day or you’ll have to defer Day 3 and complete it during a future term.
I can’t find my certificate(s). What should I do?
If you’re unable to find your original certificate(s) you can apply to your awarding body for a replacement or a confirmation of results letter. Awarding bodies will usually charge for this service.
Please see the link for a list of which exam boards are within current GCSE awarding bodies www.hlta.org.uk/resources
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