Teaching assistants

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  1. Becoming a teaching assistant

1. Training and progression

Qualifications

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:

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