A sample of frequently asked questions from candidates

RPAs and PoPs cover these and many more questions as part of the assessment and preparation process.

When and how will I hear my results?

When and how will I hear my results?

Results letters and certificates are issued by the HLTA National Assessment Partnership, usually in the second week of the month following moderation. Results go to home addresses, usually 7-9 weeks after the assessment, although longer over the summer and Christmas. It may be that some of your group hear before others because of the dates of their assessment and the timetable for moderation of files.

Is there a set number of questions asked?

Is there a set number of questions asked?

No. The number of questions asked will vary depending on the length of responses given by yourself and your colleagues. You should not worry about the number of questions asked, it is no indication of how well you have done.

Will the assessor take away any of my documents?

Will the assessor take away any of my documents?

No. The documents will remain in school. The assessor uses their study time to read and evaluate how far the documents you have provided confirm you have met the standards.

Is there a limit on the number of documents I can include?

Is there a limit on the number of documents I can include?

There is no numeric limit, but your documents should fit into one small A4 file. It is not a good idea to produce numerous documents as the assessor has only one hour, at the most, to evaluate them. It is a better plan to make sure all the documents you include strongly demonstrate your achievement of the standards.

Is there a particular way I should organise my documents?

Is there a particular way I should organise my documents?

We advise candidates to organise their documents in standards order, It is important to:
1. label them with the standards you are demonstrating
2. highlight the parts of the document you want the assessor to note
3. add notes about why you have included the document, e.g. “I used the positive reinforcement part of the behaviour policy when I was rewarding the group in Task 2”.

So, do I need a different document for each standard?

So, do I need a different document for each standard?

No. You can use one document to demonstrate your achievement of more than one standard – for example, your planning for a session could show:

• Standard 17 (your contribution to planning),
• Standard 18 (how you planned what you will do yourself),
• Standard 21 (what resources you planned and prepared and why they are appropriate),
• Standard 13 (your knowledge of the curriculum),
• Standard 14 (your knowledge of suitable objectives and activities to implement the curriculum) and
• Standard 10 (how you are using your area(s) of expertise to support children and young people).

Should I have a document for each standard?

Should I have a document for each standard?

You should aim to have supporting documents for every standard. If there are a small number of standards where you can’t manage this that will be fine – but try to keep this to fewer than 6 standards. Remember not to have more than two documents for any standard.

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