All applicants must have

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.

Level 2 Maths and English

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?

  • Many of you will already have a suitable maths and English qualification which you gained at school – GCSE at grade ‘C’ or above, or possibly a pass at GCE O-level (pre-1975 this is a pass, post-1975 this is grade A-C) or a Grade 1 at CSE
  • Some of you will have achieved the functional skills level 2 with City and Guilds
  • We also accept the Equivalency Test certificates.

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 the HLTA Community South West administrator at [email protected] for more information.

Overseas qualifications

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?

  • HLTA Community South West request copies of your Level 2 maths and English certificates to accompany your application
  • You may have a ‘statement of provisional results’ document rather than a formal certificate. These statements issued by appropriate awarding bodies are acceptable evidence for standard 11
  • If you don’t have the relevant documents then please contact our Administrator Nichola Chitson on 01305 833518 to discuss your options
  • Candidates are also required to bring their original certificates or statement of results on the first day of training. Results will be recorded by your tutor and sent to Best Practice Network (BPN) who will be arranging your assessment.

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

I love taking my daily phonics group and I hope to progress to teaching whole classes.

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