The Higher Level Teaching Assistant scheme is a mechanism for supporting the professional development of Teaching Assistants, whilst raising standards of education practitioners across schools in Wales. The scheme works toward the development of a ‘high-quality education workforce’, an essential element of the National Mission.
The Education Workforce Survey cites there is lack of demand for HLTA status within the Teaching Assistant workforce. Therefore, Miller Research will be exploring the barriers and drivers of participation in the scheme amongst Teaching Assistants, Higher Level Teaching Assistants and school leaders. The stakeholders will be engaged through 28 observation days in primary, secondary, special education, Welsh medium and English medium schools and pupil referral units throughout Wales. Additional qualitative interviews will be done with the assessors and briefers of the scheme and non-participating schools.
The aim of this research is to provide the Welsh Government with robust information to promote the scheme and therefore boost the number of Teaching Assistants participating in the program.