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Higher Level Teaching Assistants

Higher level teaching assistants (HLTA’s) assist teachers with their day-to-day classroom work, the provision and planning of and the creation of lesson materials. HLTA’s teach classes on their own and may be trained in relevant learning strategies such as literacy. They may support students with special/additional needs and work in special and additional needs schools.

More about this Career

Average Salary


New workers start around £8295. Normal pay is £21036 per year. Highly experienced workers can earn up to £32142.



Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full and part-time jobs.

Daily Tasks

  • Helps with outings and other out-of-classroom activities.
  • Makes simple teaching aids and constructs thematic displays of educational material or children’s work.
  • Assists children with washing or dressing for outdoor and similar activities.
  • Listens to children read, reads to them or tells stories.
  • Manages and supports other teaching assistants.
  • Assess, record and report on pupils' progress.
  • Gives lessons to classes and individual students independently of the teacher.
  • Assists teacher with preparation or clearing up of classroom.
  • Assists with development of lesson plans and materials.

Skills Employers are looking for

Soft Skills

Soft skills are non-technical skills that include how you interact with colleagues, solve problems, and manage your work

  • Learning Strategies


  • Critical Thinking


  • Monitoring


  • Reading Comprehension


  • Writing


  • Speaking


  • Active Listening


  • Active Learning


  • Mathematics


  • Science


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