HLTAs are legally allowed to deliver lessons
However, the following conditions need to be met in maintained schools, according to the Education (Specified Work) (England) Regulations 2012:
- They are assisting or supporting the work of a qualified teacher or 'nominated' teacher in the school
- They are receiving supervision from a qualified teacher or nominated teacher in line with arrangements made by the headteacher
- The headteacher is satisfied they have the skills, experience and expertise required
A 'nominated teacher' in this context can be an instructor with special qualifications or experience, or an overseas trained teacher.
Academies are free to decide how they wish to deploy HLTAs. Check your funding agreement in case it sets out any particular requirements.
TAs without HLTA status
Another article from The Key on the role of teaching assistants explains how these regulations apply to normal TAs.
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