HLTA Assessment Resources

National HLTA Partnership Resources

Now that government funding for HLTA assessment has ended, your Regional Providers of Assessment have formed a partnership to ensure that rigorous, high quality external assessment and national moderation against the HLTA standards can continue. We believe that the investment in achieving HLTA status brings significant benefits for children and schools and, hope that through the highly experienced members of the Partnership, that there will be continuity and consistency for existing and future HLTA Status holders.

Below are some resources you may find useful.

Quality Assurance

Quality Assurance remains at the heart of the Partnership's delivery of HLTA assessment, in line with the requirements set out in the October 2012 Code of Practice and acknowledging that the Partnership's reputation for high-quality delivery is interdependent. Quality assurance procedures are monitored locally to protect this in the interests of customers, partners, facilitators and assessors, with each region providing a concise ‘QA summary’ for national scrutiny using commonly agreed procedures.

Your literacy and numeracy qualifications - Standard 11

To proceed to the HLTA preparation for assessment stage, you’ll need evidence of English/literacy and mathematics/numeracy qualifications at level 2 of the national qualifications framework (NQF). This is a requirement of standard 11, which is one of the higher level teaching assistant (HLTA) professional standards that teaching assistants working towards HLTA status are expected to meet.

You can phone learndirect on 0800 100 900 to find out about adult literacy and numeracy courses (Skills for Life) in your area should you need to. You can obtain a Level 2 qualification in literacy and numeracy by taking the Certificates in Literacy and Numeracy (Scheme Number 3793) course, available via City and Guilds approved centres.

You will find the following std 11 guidance document very useful to check that we are able to accept the qualifications and evidence you already hold. Further guidance is provided on how level 2 evidence can be achieved.

HNAP Entry Tests for Maths and English

To support individuals who don’t have proof of level 2 maths and/or English we have produced our own entry tests. Please read these FAQs below:

What are the HNAP level 2 entry tests?

These tests have been designed by HNAP to provide evidence that an HLTA candidate is working at an appropriate level to meet the requirements of HLTA Standard 11. The tests do not lead to a qualification. A successful pass in any of the tests will be accepted by HNAP as sufficient evidence of Standard 11 for any individual undertaking HLTA assessment.

Who are the entry tests for?

These tests have been designed for support staff in schools who would like to gain HLTA status but are unable to provide documentary evidence that they have achieved the relevant level 2 qualifications in either maths and/or literacy. They can be used by individuals who have lost their original certificates or by individuals who have never previously gained a level 2 qualification.

How can I be sure that the tests are set at an appropriate level?

The tests have been developed by literacy and numeracy tutors who work in universities who have expertise in developing and using admission tests of this nature. In addition the tests have been agreed by the HLTA Senior Assessors and the HNAP Board as an appropriate for standard 11.

Are these tests a replacement for standard level 2 qualifications offered by schools and other organisations?

HNAP encourage all staff to continually develop their skills and expertise including pursuing qualifications in maths and English. Whilst we will accept the outcomes of these tests as evidence of Standard 11, we still encourage those taking the tests to work towards an actual qualification. Successfully passing these tests will enable individuals to gain HLTA Status, whilst working towards or awaiting an opportunity for, a route to a level 2 qualification that is acknowledged on the National Qualifications Framework.

How are the tests organised?

Each test is a paper-based test and is designed to take around an hour, with a maximum time allowed of 90 minutes. You will need to book into a test centre to arrange the test. Alternatively, it is possible to arrange the test at your own school, provided that written assurances are given by the school’s Headteacher that the test was undertaken in exam conditions. HNAP will provide a form for schools to sign that confirms the agreed criteria for exams condition and handling of papers was met.

What are the costs of the tests?

A single test costs £25 per person. Two tests cost £40 per person.

How do I book a test?

In the first instance you will need to contact your local Provider of Preparation (PoP) where you propose to undertake your HLTA preparation or your Regional Provider of Assessment (RPA). Your RPA will be able to direct you to the relevant PoP if you are not sure who this is. Contact details for RPAs can be found at www.hlta.org.uk

Are there practice tests available?

Yes, see below.

National HLTA Partnership Sample Tests

The purpose of our HLTA sample Entry Tests

The sample tests available here for you to download on the HNAP website are intended to help familiarise you with the format of the actual tests and to give some indication of the level of knowledge and understanding required. If you score more than 50% on these sample tests you may feel ready to book in for the actual test with your relevant RPA. If you score less than 50% you may feel you need additional study before undertaking the actual test. The 'Sample Test - Feedback Form' documents available here will help you to identify strengths and weaknesses.

How to use the HLTA sample Entry Tests

  • 1. Read the information above (or download the ‘information for schools’ document below)
  • 2. Download and print out the sample tests for maths and/or literacy
  • 3. Complete the tests
  • 4. Download the sample answers document(s) and assess your own work
  • 5. Download the ‘Entry Sample Test - Feedback Form' documents to record your scores and see how you fared within the different parts of each test. You may wish to write your own comment for any or all of each section. This is an example of the feedback form you will receive from the assessor when you complete the actual tests.
  • 6. When you feel confident, contact your Regional Provider of Assessment to register for an actual test