Leeds Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) Deborah Carter has been awarded the Outstanding HLTA of the Year title for 2018.
Deborah, who works at Austhorpe Primary School in Leeds, was presented with a trophy and framed certificate by Johnny Mercer MP at an awards ceremony in Westminster on Monday 19 November.
The Outstanding HLTA award is aimed at teaching assistants who have gained higher level teaching assistant status and who go above and beyond the call of duty to demonstrate the vital role that HLTAs play within schools.
The Outstanding HLTA of the Year Award, now in its sixth year, is organised by the HLTA National Assessment Partnership (HNAP), a body made up of the four regional assessment providers that work together to manage and quality assure the assessment of standards for HLTAs across England: Best Practice Network (South West, West Midlands, East), University of Northampton, (East Midlands) Babcock 4S (London and the South East) and HLTA North (North East, North West and Yorkshire and the Humber).
Deborah qualified for the national award by being judged the Yorkshire and Humber regional winner in the summer. She attended the national ceremony in Westminster with regional winners from across England.
Dr Helen Benstead (formerly Saddler), chair of HNAP, said: “It’s a major achievement for Deborah to be awarded the national title and it is very well deserved. These awards celebrate the outstanding contribution HLTAs make to our schools and all the finalists were there because they met a range of exacting criteria set by the judging panel, including demonstrating high aspirations for each pupil, a firm belief in pupils' abilities and a strong commitment to pupils' progress, as well as a continuing commitment to her own professional learning and development.”