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Outstanding teaching assistants in the North celebrated


The 2016-17 Awards for Outstanding Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTA) in Yorkshire and Humber, the North East and the North West, have been awarded at a celebration event at The Village South in Leeds on Thursday 21 September.

The winners: Amanda Russell (Methley Primary School, Leeds), Sylvie Litt-Wilson (St Bega’s Church of England Primary School in Cumbria) and Gemma Moppett (Easington Lane Primary School, Houghten le Spring

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

Amanda Russell               
Professor Damien Page and Amanda Russell                                   

The awards for outstanding HLTAs were introduced in 2010 by Carnegie Leaders in Learning, based at Leeds Beckett University, along with Leeds Trinity University, Northumbria University and Sheffield Hallam University.  HLTAs from across the three regions are nominated by school colleagues for their excellence in advancing the learning of pupils, working effectively as part of the school community and bringing expertise to the staff team. 

Shortlisted HLTAs, their guests, and a senior representative of their school, attended the ceremonies. The awards were presented by Professor Damien Page, Dean of the Carnegie School of Education at Leeds Beckett, who commented: “I was delighted to be asked to present this year’s awards for 'Outstanding HLTA of the Year' on behalf of HLTA North and hear from those attending the event about the incredible contribution they make to their schools. 

“HLTAs are inspirational, not just for the children they work with and their colleagues in school, but also for those young people who are training to be teachers.  

“Since September 2016, 614 candidates have achieved HLTA Status through HLTA North which shows that it continues to be highly valued and recognised as making a positive contribution to children and student outcomes by schools in Yorkshire and the Humber, North West and North East regions.”

Gemma Moppett
Gemma Moppett

HLTA status is a national status originally awarded by the Training and Development Agency and currently awarded by the HLTA National Assessment Partnership. It was introduced in 2004 and more than 53,000 teaching assistants nationally have now achieved the status. In order to gain HLTA status candidates have to undertake a rigorous assessment process during which they have to demonstrate that they meet 33 professional standards in their work. The HLTA North Partnership is the Regional Provider of Assessment in the North of England with Leeds Trinity University, Northumbria University and Sheffield Hallam University.

Sylvie Litt-Wilson
Sylvie Litt-Wilson

Peter Sutherland and Jenny Ellis worked tirelessly to raise the profile of HLTAs within North Yorkshire and Sunderland respectively, and to ensure that the deployment of HLTAs in schools was instrumental in making a difference for children and young people. Peter and Jenny were hugely respected by colleagues in other Local Authorities and were very committed to supporting colleagues and sharing good practice. The awards commemorate their sudden and tragic deaths in 2009.

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