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School Support Staff

Support staff work alongside teachers, providing valuable support for teaching and learning activities. Staff with Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) status can work right across the curriculum, acting as specialist assistants for specific subjects or departments or helping to plan lessons and develop support materials. As part of HLTA North, we are a nationally recognised assessment centre for HLTA status.

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Higher Level Teaching Assistant HLTA Status

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HLTA Events

Outstanding HLTAs of the Year

HLTA North holds an annual celebration event in September for Outstanding HLTAs of the Year. Shortlisted HLTAs from the North East, North West and Yorkshire and the Humber attend the event with their guests and a senior representative from their school.

Previous award winners:

The Peter Sutherland Award for the Outstanding HLTA in Yorkshire and Humber was awarded to Amanda Russell at Methley Primary School, Leeds.

The Jenny Ellis Award for the North East went to Gemma Moppett at Easington Lane Primary School in Houghton le Spring; 

The HLTA North Partnership Award for the North West was awarded to Sylvie Litt-Wilson at St Bega’s C of E Primary School in Cumbria.

Professional Development Events

HLTA North holds annual professional development events in each of the three regions during the spring or summer terms. In 2016, they were held in Leeds, Gateshead, Chorley and Manchester. The events developed understanding of and explored the science of learning with Tom Robson, a highly experienced educator and trainer.

For details of this year’s professional development events, please visit the HLTA North website.

We work in partnership with:

For more information, please contact Debbie Rose or Tim Hirst

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