Supporting documents

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Supporting documents

HLTA Candidate Guidance

You should try to provide a document to support the way you have demonstrated all standards within your tasks, but must not have more than two documents for any standard. Only include documents in your file that demonstrate your achievement of the standards, as presented in your tasks – don’t be tempted to include everything you have ever done! You should not include other documents that are unrelated to your tasks.

Attach post it notes or highlight and make notes around the documents you include to show your own input to that document or how you used it in your tasks. Don’t assume the assessor will understand why you have included documents or that s/he will be able to work out what your input was….. spell it all out for them!

Remember – one document can relate to more than one standard.

As relevant, you could use:

  • Reports to parents/carers showing the comments you made directly or suggested to the teacher and also highlighting the progress of learner(s) you have worked with
  • Planning for the unit of work, the week or session – to show why you were undertaking the work and highlighting your contribution to planning decisions
  • Certificates highlighting your own personal training and how you have used the learning to improve your practice
  • Letters of thanks from parents, learners, colleagues
  • Photographs to show your impact, to demonstrate learner outcomes and achievements
  • Feedback from observations when others have observed your work
  • Observations you have undertaken of others – children/young people, teachers, other teaching assistants
  • Copies of newsletters, school updates, programmes for activities, highlighting your own contribution
  • Research/reading you have done to improve your knowledge and understanding
  • Audits of resources and planning you have undertaken to improve shortfalls
  • Pupils’ work, assessed, marked and annotated
  • Assessment records you have updated, showing your analysis of pupils’ progress
  • Minutes of staff meetings, inset days – to show your input or professional learning
  • Evaluations you have written, highlighting your own achievements and development areas
  • Extracts from policies you have referred to, highlighted to indicate the relevant parts.
  • You also need to have documentary evidence for your area(s) of expertise. These can include:
  • Certificates of achievement, awards or examinations
  • Details of courses you have attended, indicating the content not just its title
  • An observation record that confirms your area of expertise
  • A subject/area of expertise audit signed off by your line manager/teacher

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