Headlines: April 2nd, 2004

Training for the Higher Level Teaching Assistant status will start this month in 36 approved universities, colleges, schools, local education authorities and private companies. All the training providers will have to meet the agreed national professional standards. The trainees who achieve HLTA status will work in both primary and secondary schools under the direction of a teacher. Sometimes they will work with individuals and at other times in groups or with whole classes. They will play a vital role in helping teachers to have time to offer personalised learning for each of their pupils.The launch of the training, which extends over 50 days and costs 2150 pounds per place, is a key development in the Government’s initiative to reform the school workforce.

The approved providers will offer more than 7,000 places across England for individuals selected for training by local education authorities. Eventually there will be 20,000 places per year. It is expected that there will be more than 225,000 teaching assistants, administrators and clerical staff supporting the 430,000 teachers in England’s schools.