1. Training and progression
There are many qualifications for teaching assistants (TA's). They include:
- Modern Apprenticeships
- National Vocational Qualifications
- Higher Level Teaching Assistant Status
Some go on to become qualified teachers.
Higher Level Teaching Assistant Status (HLTA)
HLTA are senior support staff with a greater responsibility. HLTA is a status, not a qualification. You must have
- at least two years experience as a teaching assistant (TA) (or in a related post)
- a Level 2 qualification in literacy and numeracy
You can find a test centre on the website of Learndirect.
Progression from TA to teacher
A TA role can be a useful step to becoming a fully qualified teacher. Many schools and academies recruit TA's with degrees to train them to become a teacher. A number of universities offer in-service degrees to become a TA.
More details on becoming a teacher can be found on our page: