What is it Like Working as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant?

With the workload in class becoming too overwhelming, higher level teaching assistant was introduced and formalized as part of a workforce reform in the UK. It’s the next step teaching assistants now look forward to climbing and that could be done by attaining the requirements to becoming a higher level teaching assistant.

Rising to a higher level teaching assistant entitles you to a bigger pay and more specialized roles like attending to special academic challenges of pupils beyond the resolution of a teaching assistant. You will also be supervising other support staff as a HLTA. 

A higher level teaching assistant position is awarded to a teaching assistant who has duly met the national minimum standards for the qualification of a HLTA. The job description of a Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) and a Teaching Assistant (TA) differ only slightly. Becoming a HLTA comes with more responsibilities of a rigid nature like subject specializations where they never retreat until an academically troubled pupil is fixed.

HLTA’s can teach classes on their own and also cover for teachers when the said teachers are absent from work. 

Comprehensively, here are the job descriptions of Higher Level Teaching Assistant or you can call it a day in the life of a typical Higher Level teaching Assistant 

  • Supplementing the role of teachers in providing guidance and counselling to support staff 
  • Preparing and creating tangible resources that will aid learning in the classroom and increase retention capacity of pupils 
  • Reporting progress activities of pupils to teachers and charting ways to improve the teaching process
  • Being present in staff meetings and generally contributing to the success of the school
  • Creating external relationships with professionals or other relevant agencies that will assist in the work of pupils 
  • Working in synergy with teachers, pupils and other members of the support staff 
  • Carrying out activities with pupils singly or collectively with a motive to promote their physical, emotional and educational advancement most times under the supervision of the teacher and most times without supervision 
  • Ensuring that the records of pupils are maintained 
  • Ensuring that pupils are well behaved in line with the schools regulations. They not only support pupils but assist in the development of the school at large 
  • Providing support and counselling to trainee assistants when the need arises 
  • Understanding pupils special needs and challenges while brainstorming with other support staff on ways of tackling them
  • Engage in some level of administrative duties and paperwork for pupils 

Other Things to note about Higher Level Teaching Assistants 

  • The roles of Higher Level Teaching Assistants are not restricted to pupils alone but could extend to students depending on the employers need but for the most part, they are confined to pupils who need more guidance to advance academically. 
  • There are students too with special psychological challenges that could interfere with their learning process and a HLTA might need to come in. 
  • With more job responsibilities comes more monthly take home pay and allowance