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.


New workers

New workers start around £9,875. Normal pay is £19,717 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £30,166.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 226,959 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • 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.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Working With Children

  • Psychology

  • Due Diligence

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Learning Support

  • Mental Health

  • Numeracy

  • Classroom Management

  • Child Protection

  • Lesson Planning

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Teaching

  • Communication

  • English Language

  • Mathematics

  • Interpersonal Communications

  • Planning

  • Management

  • Enthusiasm

  • Empathy

  • Literacy

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.