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Professional support staff in schools play an increasingly important role in supporting effective teaching and learning in and out of the classroom.

All members of a school’s workforce contribute to student standards of achievement therefore, we aim to make sure that support staff have the same opportunities as qualified teaching staff for professional development.

Higher level teaching assistants (HLTA)

If you are a teaching assistant, supporting teaching and learning within the classroom, this programme is an excellent professional development opportunity for you. The programme will help you to prepare a portfolio of evidence to show you’re meeting these standards.

Higher Level Teaching Assistants Network Sessions


These sessions will be an opportunity for Higher Level Teaching Assistants to network, collaborate and share best practice. Sessions will be evidence based ensuring that they are current and relevant. Content for the sessions will be under consultation based on the needs for delegates. Each session will include content for delegates to take back and share with Teaching Assistants in their school, to develop the quality of their practice and have a wider impact on pupil outcomes.

Delegates will have the opportunity to ‘dip in and out’ of sessions.

Limited to 36 places


15th November 1.30pm-3.30pm

24th January 1.30pm-3.30pm

21st March 1.30pm-3.30pm

13th June 1.30pm-3.30pm

All sessions will be delivered face to face at HCAT, Unit 7, Great Cliffe Court, Dodworth, Barnsley, S75 3SP


Karen Hartshorne, HLTA Programme Manager at Tykes Teaching Alliance

Second Facilitator TBC


A funded programme by The Barnsley Alliance Board. There will be no charge to schools for delegates to attend. Cancellation policy applies.

Karen Hartshorne, (HLTA Verifier)
Telephone: 01226 100450

Mobile: 07703 808468