Name: Steven Warburton
Student Number: MD1129550
Address: 22 St. Lukes Drive, Orrell, Wigan
Course: Higher Level Teaching Assistant
Assignment Number: 1
Date Submitted: 08/11/14
Number of pages: 3
1 .Discuss the training requirements for Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTA's) The role of the HLTA, which was introduced in 2003 following workforce reform to raise standards and tackle workload in the classroom, is wide and varied, and awarded to support staff who meet the national HLTA standards. As well as providing support to the classroom teacher, the HLTA must undertake more complex tasks and tend to work more independently than other classroom-based staff. With guidance and instruction from the teacher, they often plan, prepare and deliver learning activities with individual pupils, groups and (in the short term) whole classes, and also assess, record and report on pupils' progress. The role will require that you need to show you have the skills, knowledge and experience to take on the role, and that you can work to nationally agreed professional standards. You will need work individually or in groups with children, contribute to the creation of education plans and timetables, and help support healthy relationships between parents/carers and teachers. It will be the responsibility of the head teacher to define the role of the HLTA, and this will be done in the form of appraisals, observations and staff training. With regard to specific training, you will need to meet the following criteria: Have numerical and literacy skills, such as NVQ level 2 English and maths. Be trained in the relevant learning strategies e.g. literacy and maths. Have a specific or specialist skill or training in a curriculum area e.g. ICT (computing) or sign language. Have experience of working with children of a relevant age.
Have good organisation, leadership, and social and development skills. A HLTA will be expected to do all the things that regular teaching assistants do, but the main difference is the level of responsibility required. A HLTA will be expected to teach classes on their own, cover absences (planned or unplanned) and allow teachers their PPA (Personal Preparation Allowance) time to plan and mark; as a result of this the teacher must work alongside the HLTA and provide them with lesson plans and topic material for them to use or reference for any future lessons. Equally, the HLTA must organise and prepare their own notes and material for the lesson/s they will be teaching on behalf of the teacher. In order for you to become a HLTA, you should already be working as a teaching assistant in a school, and have the support of the school and head teacher in order to fulfil this role. As well having the required qualifications academically, there must also be must certain professional standards a HLTA must meet. They must be able to show that they represent the values of the school, provide adequate support to the classroom teacher, and be a good role model. Similar to the teacher, they must prepare for their lessons and show a good knowledge of the material they are going to teach in order to deal with any questions or situations which may arise within the classroom environment.
2. What are the National Occupational Standards (NOS)? What purpose do they serve? The National Occupational Standards (NOS) are a set of professional standards describing what an individual needs to do, know and understand in order to undertake an appropriate role or responsibility. They provide a framework describing how the performance required of an individual should be managed and accomplished in a manner to suit their post or occupational role. They are statements of the standards of performance individuals must achieve when carrying out functions in the workplace, together with specifications...
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