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.

Can I email/show my preparer my tasks for their opinion before assessment?

Can I email/show my preparer my tasks for their opinion before assessment?

Day 3 of preparation is when you will be able to review your tasks with colleagues within the group. The preparer can give you general formative feedback but there are strict rules that mean preparers cannot give you detailed individual feedback on all your tasks. Preparers are not allowed to give feedback after Day 3.

Do I need to complete all my tasks by the final day of preparation?

Do I need to complete all my tasks by the final day of preparation?

No. You will draft as much as you can before the final day and will bring this to discuss with tutor and colleagues. You will have at least a few weeks to complete and make any necessary adjustments after the final day

Is there a word limit for tasks 1-3?

Is there a word limit for tasks 1-3?

There is no set word limit or page number limit. You should write enough to make it clear what you did and why. Most candidates find that around 3 pages at font size 10 or 5 pages at font size 12 text for each of the 3 tasks is about right.

I work with children under three. Why can’t I use this work in my tasks?

I work with children under three. Why can’t I use this work in my tasks?

Individuals can only be accepted onto the HLTA programme if they work with children from age 3 in a statutory school setting, follow the National Curriculum or Foundation Stage and work under the guidance of a qualified teacher. Other specialist early years qualifications may be more appropriate for candidates working with under threes or in a non-statutory setting.

Is a letter from my school enough to demonstrate I have the qualifications?

Is a letter from my school enough to demonstrate I have the qualifications?

No. You need either your original certificate or a letter of results from the exam board. This is the only proof of qualifications that is permissible. Contact the Provider of Preparation if you have a concern about your qualifications.

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