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A HLTA supports the classroom teacher to allow them to focus on the teaching and learning in a classroom. This means working with individuals, small groups of students or a whole class, under the guidance of the classroom teacher. It might require you to create resources, support food technology lessons or demonstrate practical food skills and techniques to students. HLTA’s who have the skills, expertise and experience could be asked to undertake specified work, such as planning and teaching full lessons under the supervision of a qualified teacher.
HLTA is a nationally recognised professional status. People who achieve HLTA status receive a letter from the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) - on behalf of the Department for Education (DfE) - which acts as proof of their HLTA status for current and future employers. By taking the HLTA course they have formal status for working in a food classroom. During the course they will have gained the knowledge skills and understanding to effectively support the teacher and students in the classroom.
There are two elements to the course, HLTA generic training undertaken by all HLTAs and the food specialist modules. The food technology specialist element comprises of modules which provide specialist food technology based knowledge, understanding and practical skills You also gain an understanding of appropriate teaching and learning.
The TDA funded programme 2008-10 has now ended, but you may still be able to get support from your LA to become an HLTA. If you wish to become a HLTA in Food Technology, you need to talk to your head, who must support your application. Funding to you to take the HLTA Food Technology course may be available from your local authority, or your school may fund you directly to complete the training. The local authority or the regional provider for assessment (RPA) will be able to direct you to a suitable course.
To find out who your Regional Provider for Assessment (RPA) is go to http://www.tda.gov.uk/hlta_contacts and click on your government region area and your named contact will appear.
This standard could be met through food technology theory lessons in a non-specialist food technology teaching room. Headteachers are responsible for deploying staff and allocating resources in the school. In food technology lessons and activities particular attention is required when considering the learning environment that an HLTA candidate will be working in. For example, food technology classrooms use a wide range of specialist equipment which requires candidates to be very knowledgeable about potential dangers and how to ensure it is used safely by both adults and pupils. There is more guidance on the legislative framework for HLTA candidates working with whole classes, and the requirements for HLTA assessment, in the HLTA Candidate Handbook on pages 90-91.
The importance of health and safety in food technology cannot be overstated.
All practitioners working in specialist food technology rooms and with food should be able to demonstrate that they have sufficient understanding of health and safety issues to keep pupils safe. It is strongly recommended that headteachers ensure that HLTA candidates with a food technology area of expertise have achieved a level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene certificate in the last three years.
Local authorities may be able to support candidates in gaining this award.
All support staff working in schools must take health and safety seriously, but this is even more important for those working in food technology departments. Their everyday work is more likely to place them in direct contact with hazards and risks, both to:
‘Legal duties and responsibilities of headteachers when deploying food technology teachers or HLTAs in a food technology environment’ click here
A Guide for Adults who support Teaching and Learning in Secondary Food Technology
This guide from the D&T Association contains essential information for your secondary HLTA course, including:
For those who are aspiring to be Higher Level Teaching Assistants, each section is cross referenced to the relevant TDA standards.
For detailed information on the HLTA standards and the subject knowledge guidance for HLTA Secondary Food Technology go to: www.tda.gov.uk/hlta
Click here for the Guidance document ‘HLTA Secondary food technology Subject knowledge guidance for HLTA s’
The HLTA Candidate Handbook is available from http://www.tda.gov.uk/hltaresources