Career progression & training
Higher Level Teaching Assistant
Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)
What is HLTA Status?
Higher level teaching assistants undertake a wide variety of roles – some work across the curriculum, some act as specialist assistants for a specific subject or department – the work varies according to the needs, type and age-phase of the school.
* In all cases HLTA have at least one specific area of expertise in the development of learning and well-being of children and young people.
* In all cases HLTA work with individuals, small groups and whole classes to lead learning.
* HLTA status is awarded by Welsh Government to individuals who have proved that they meet the National Standards for HLTA.
The scheme works in partnership with local consortia and is undertaken by assessing portfolio of evidence presented by candidates to determine that they meet the HLTA standards.
Details of the scheme can be obtained from the following local consortium
Newly Qualified Teacher
Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs)
Statutory induction has been a requirement for newly qualified teachers (NQTs) in Wales since September 2003.
All NQTs must complete a full induction period. For NQTs employed on a full time basis this is 3 school terms. For NQTs employed on a part time basis or as a short term supply teacher this is 380 sessions, the equivalent of 3 school terms.
Since September 2016 the Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) Programme for induction and mentoring has been coordinated by the regional consortia.
Jendy Hillier, Jendy.H.Hillier@cscjes.org.uk
Matthew Robbins, Matthew.Robbins@cscjes.org.uk
Amanda Passmore, Amanda.firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Cameron, email@example.com
Vicky Barlow, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Fanning, email@example.com
National Professional Qualification for Headship
The National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH)
The National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) assessment programme is specifically for practitioners who are aspiring to be headteachers.
Aspiring headteachers are practitioners who are intending to move into headship in the immediate future as their next career step and are able to meet the Leadership Standards.
Applicants should only apply if they are committed to moving into headship in the immediate future.
Applying for the NPQH
If you intend to apply for the NPQH then you should discuss this with your headteacher or, in the case of acting headteachers, your chair of governors and challenge adviser now.
The application process is administered by the regional consortia and further details about this will be announced soon on your consortium web site.
The NPQH for 2018-2019 is currently under review by Welsh Government. Any updates will be posted on this page.
Leadership Development Opportunities
Already a teacher? Ready to step to the next level?
Developing your teaching career is an option at any stage. The four education consortia offer different courses that you might be interested in. Follow the below links to learn more.
National Academy for Educational Leadership Wales
The academy’s mission is “Inspiring Leaders: Enriching Lives” with the aim of bring clarity and coherence to educational leadership in Wales. Their work will ensure that practitioners are able to engage with the most relevant, meaningful and inspiring professional learning.
The vision of this academy is ensuring all leaders in the education system have access to coherent, accessible and high-quality leadership development opportunities that meet their needs wherever they are, and whatever their career stage and ambitions. The Academy will draw on the expertise of current leaders in this provision and growing the current and next generation of leaders for Wales by improving the status morale and pride in being a Welsh leader in the education system.
The academy will not be directly responsible for delivering any leadership development provision.
The academy will initially (Phase 1) focus on the endorsement of current provision for those new to headship and in an acting position and we invite those who wish to have their leadership provision endorsed to apply in line with a published timetable.
More information coming soon. Visit their website by clicking on this link.