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 if 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 have knowledge and experience of education?
Yes. All assessors are required to have strong knowledge, understanding and experience of work in schools.
How do I share my documents with the assessor
You will need to submit your tasks and documentary evidence to the assessor on or before the deadline date. This can be done by attaching to an email.
Can I produce more documents once I have sent my tasks and grid?
No. The assessor will work from what you have listed on the grid. They will not give you any feedback on the number or quality of your documents.
Is there a limit on the number of documents I can include?
You must have at least one document per standard and no more than two. You should be able to attach and send your evidence via e mail to your assessor. The assessor has a limited amount of time to evaluate them, only one hour, therefore it is better to have one strong document than two weak ones.
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”.
Do I have to have an additional document for every standard?
No. If you have an additional document then include it, but you do not need to have two documents for every 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).
Can I give the assessor a revised set of tasks on the day of the school assessment?
No. The final version of your tasks is the one you sent to the assessor in advance.
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 final preparation session.
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 recommended word count for Task 4?
Yes. 350-500 words per event/situation.
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 part-time as a volunteer. Can I use evidence in my tasks taken from this role?
No. All evidence for HLTA must derive from work carried out as an employee. Volunteers are not allowed to apply for HLTA and no evidence can be accepted from work carried out as a volunteer.
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?
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.
Do I have to have the certificates for literacy/numeracy before starting preparation?
Yes. You will need to show your preparer/tutor your original certificates before you can proceed. This has to happen by session 2 of your preparation, so you need to have the certificates beforehand.
What if my file is too big to attach to an email?
Save your documentary evidence as a PDF file as this takes less space – send your documents in stages attached to two or three emails – ask your assessor if you can use Drop Box or We Transfer.
You should not send documents with a link to the school server
Can I send everything as a PDF
Your F9/10 must be in word format – everything else can be a PDF.
Do I need to write all of the tasks if I feel I have met the standards after the first few?
Yes, you must complete all eight tasks.
Can I write additional tasks as evidence?
No, all eight tasks should be written and no more or less tasks.
Can I have an observation instead of the assessment interview?
No. There is no formal observation of your practice. All candidates will experience the same assessment process and prepare the same number of tasks.