Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)
HLTA candidates must have appropriate professional experience, be involved in the supervision of other support workers and will routinely be teaching individuals, small groups and whole classes without the teacher present. Applicants should take the opportunity to study the HLTA standards carefully and ensure their eligibility before preparing their application. Candidates should note that HLTA is a status which is assessed against National Standards, not a training course. There is an expectation that candidates are already meeting the standards before applying for HLTA status.
New qualifications for Education Support Officers (Teaching Assistants) at Level 2 and Level 3
The National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ) in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools have been replaced. The new national qualifications for Education Support Officers (ESOs) are being offered at the Isle of Man College in the Isle of Man.
Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools
Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools
Previously, only candidates already working in a school setting could pursue the NVQ award. Under the new scheme, the underpinning knowledge can be taken as a separate taught course (the Awards at Level 2 and 3) and candidates can then continue to the Level 2 Certificate and Level 3 Diploma when they begin working in a school setting. Those ESOs already working in schools can enrol directly onto the Certificate and Diploma courses. The Department for Education and Children has changed its recruitment policy in light of these new opportunities and new ESO posts will be advertised with the Award as the minimum entry requirement at the appropriate Level.
Contact for further information: Peter Lovekin, Isle of Man College, 01624 648200 – email@example.com