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Primary HLTA Course

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Course Structure

To support candidates in gaining HLTA status and developing outstanding practice, the course provides both preparation for statutory assessment and development sessions for a deeper understanding of the role of an HLTA.

Candidates will attend four full face-to-face days and 7 online twilight sessions over the duration of two terms. The four full days will focus on preparing candidates for assessment and how to present evidence to meet the national HLTA standards. Our additional twilight sessions, designed to provide a further development element for aspiring HLTAs, will focus on areas such as behaviour management, SEND, the theory behind education, curriculum and ICT.

Development and Assessment Programme

Red Kite Alliance are pleased to introduce a new HLTA programme, brought to you in partnership with colleagues from Swaledale Alliance. This course prepares candidates to be assessed against the national HLTA standards, leading to the award of HLTA status. It is intended for Teaching Assistants who wish to further develop their teaching skills before being assessed for HLTA status.


Session Focus
Intro and registration

HLTA Prep Day 1

What makes a good HLTA?

Individual pupil support
Group support
Development Day
Assesment and feedback to teachers
Developing Teaching Practice

HLTA Prep Day 2

Come with evidence. Exemplar portfolio to examine planning and teaching.

SEND & Code of Practice
Support Session

HLTA Prep Day 3

The assessment process

Assessment and Validation

The assessment comprises of a series of virtual interviews by an HLTA North assessor who will have received the candidate’s portfolio of evidence in advance. During the assessment, the assessor speaks to the candidate, to colleagues and to the headteacher (or another member of the leadership team).

HLTA status is accredited by the HLTA National Assessment Partnership. This body awards nationally recognised HLTA status. This course is accredited via “HLTA North of England”.

What do candidates have to do?

Prior to starting the course, it is essential that candidates have a Level 2 qualification in both English and Maths.

To support the development of candidates’ ability to teach whole classes, candidates will need to have the opportunity to teach each week in their own school during the course. As part of the assessment process, candidates will have to provide a portfolio of evidence to show that they meet the HLTA standards and will be assessed in school by an independent assessor.

Course Fees

The cost of this course is £1700 for Red Kite Alliance Members. The fees include the cost of the face-to-face assessment preparation days, twilight development sessions, registration and assessment fees. Options are available for delegates to part or self-fund.

Applications from non-partner schools are welcome to apply. Please get in touch for further details.

How to Apply

We plan to run a cohort later in the year, in the meantime please email the Red Kite Alliance team to express an interest .

To express an interest

Red Kite Education

Red Kite Alliance is part of Red Kite Learning Trust, a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 7523507, registered office address: Red Kite Office, Pannal Ash Road, Harrogate, HG2 9PH

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