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					                  HLTA ROLES IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS

               Specialist mathematics & specialist science
The Government continues to support the initiative where teaching assistants can
now achieve HLTA status with their specialist area being either maths or science.
Once HLTA status has been achieved they would be deployed within school maths
or science departments. We have been given funds to support this programme and
are inviting schools to take part in this development. Candidates will complete the
generic HLTA training and assessment. In addition they will be invited to attend
additional training in either Maths or Science.

Trainees work towards achieving HLTA status, while simultaneously completing
specialist subject knowledge and pedagogy (both theory and practice).

When a candidate first starts to work toward HLTA status, they will complete a
subject knowledge and skills review with their line manager to determine their
existing subject knowledge. Any gaps in knowledge will need to be addressed before
the candidate goes forward for assessment. The breadth of subject knowledge will
depend on the context within which the candidate is working, and the candidate’s line
manager/headteacher will make a judgement about this.

To achieve specialism for HLTA status, candidates must demonstrate acquisition and
application of subject knowledge relevant to their role through the HLTA assessment
process. This will very much depend on the context in which you are working in your
individual settings.

Support staff in secondary schools who already have HLTA status
Support staff who have already gained HLTA status and wish to acquire further
subject knowledge can also attend these sessions as part of their continuing
professional development. They will not be required to completed HLTA assessment
for a second time.

Further Qualifications
Candidates can also apply for funding for higher-level qualifications if it is considered
appropriate to their role ie; the TDA grant can be used to support GCSEs in either of
these subject areas.




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SCIENCE TRAINING – PROGRAMME FOR 2010

Candidates attend eight training days as follows;

Course                                Date                        Venue
Role, expectations & resources        Tuesday 12 January 2010     Nightingale Centre, Poringland
Misconceptions and modelling          Wednesday 20 January 2010   Nightingale Centre, Poringland
Supporting practical work             Wedneday 3 February 2010    Norwich PDC – Room 12
Particles                             Wednesday 4 March 2010      Nightingale Centre, Poringland
Forces                                Wednesday 24 March 2010     Norwich PDC – Room 12
Cells                                 Monday 29 March 2010        Norwich PDC – Room 12
Energy                                Friday 23 April 2010        Nightingale Centre, Poringland
Interdependence                       Tuesday 27 April 2010       Nightingale Centre, Poringland

These courses are open to Teaching Assistants (TAs), Higher Level Teaching
Assistants (HLTAs) and other technical staff hoping to update their subject
knowledge in KS3 and KS4. Attendance of some or all of this training will enable
candidates to provide evidence of the acquisition and application of subject
knowledge.

Courses are delivered by David Glenn, Advisor for Secondary Science, 01603
433276

How to apply
To apply for science specialism please complete the subject knowledge and skills
audit (Science Training Needs Analysis) and return to Lisa Harrison, Room 117,
County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich, NR1 2DL.

APPLICATIONS FOR SCIENCE TRAINING MUST BE RETURNED BY 11th
DECEMBER 2009 FOR THE SPRING TERM TRAINING.




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MATHS TRAINING – PROGRAMME FOR 2009

Maths training is available to teaching assistants and other support staff who work
within the mathematics department. Candidates are invited to attend termly network
meetings. The networks form part of the HLTA support programme. The programme
is designed to be continuous and sessions can continue into future years.

Candidates have an opportunity to cover some of the following;

   Share good practice
   Effective planning of lessons with whole classes or small groups
   Share resources
   Curriculum changes including Functional Skills and Diplomas
   Develop practices to support learners and share teaching plans and resources
   The revised secondary framework for teaching mathematics
   Roles and responsibilities
   Effective working practices

Course details for 2008/09

Course                                  Date                      Venue
Maths Specialist Teaching               01.12.08                  Norwich PDC
Assistants Network Meeting
Maths Specialist Teaching               08.12.08                  West Norfolk PDC
Assistants Network Meeting
Maths Specialist Teaching               24.03.09                  Norwich PDC
Assistants Network Meeting
Maths Specialist Teaching               25.03.09                  West Norfolk PDC
Assistants Network Meeting
Maths Specialist Teaching               17.06.09                  Norwich PDC
Assistants Network Meeting
Maths Specialist Teaching               18.06.09                  West Norfolk PDC
Assistants Network Meeting


Courses are delivered by Andy Edmonds, Secondary Advisor for Math, 01603
443276

How to apply
To apply for Maths specialism please complete the subject knowledge and skills
audit (Maths Training Analysis) and return to Lisa Harrison, Room 117, County Hall,
Martineau Lane, Norwich, NR1 2DL.

Networks can also be booked through INSET opportunities, course reference ESMA7




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