Gaining Higher Level
Teaching Assistant status
Experienced Teaching Assistants
who wish to become an HLTA in Newham must discuss the possibility
of an HLTA position in their school with their Head
If you are in any other Local Authority (LA) contact your
own personnel department. They will have information.
Due to the cuts in TDA funding, the authority is no longer able to
fund HLTA training. Schools or individual applicants may fund the
In order to register for HLTA preparation, you need to have
English and Maths GCSE at grade 'C', or an equivalent qualification
or, Level 2 Adult Literacy and Numeracy certificates.
If the Head Teacher agrees to support you, the process is as
Contact a Regional Provider of Assessment (RPA).
- Download the standards for this award from the
Training and Development Agency for schools
website and read them so that you are ready to discuss them
with your Head Teacher.
- Your Head Teacher interviews you and fills in the application
form ensuring that you fulfil the criteria for either the
Preparation route or the Full Training route to gaining HLTA
- The completed application form is submitted to the RPA.
- The RPA will inform you of the dates of the preparation and
assessment and will send you all the information needed for you to
bring along on the first day.
- Once you have completed the preparation and/ or training, which
include support in putting together a portfolio of evidence, you
submit your evidence to a company called
Babcock 4S (formerly VT Four S) who are the Regional Provider
of Assessment (RPA). A visiting assessor will then assess you. If
you are successful you will be awarded HLTA status. You may be able
to take on further responsibilities and be paid at a higher rate,
throughout Newham and neighbouring boroughs.
HLTA and support staff development information events
Babcock 4S will be running HLTA and Support Staff Development
Information events which will give information on gaining HLTA
Status and other support staff qualifications. For further
contact Babcock 4S or visit