Secondary maths and science HLTA research

Client: Training and Development Agency for Schools

Support staff and teachers are working more closely than ever before to improve pupil outcomes and the introduction of Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) status in 2003 strengthened this partnership. The status recognises the higher level skills and knowledge that support staff require to lead a range of learning related activities under the direction and supervision of a teacher. The development of the secondary mathematics and science strand of the programme is a reflection of the Government’s commitment to the wider science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) agenda. The purpose of the research is to provide the TDA with evidence on how HLTAs who have achieved status in mathematics and science are being deployed, and what impact they are having in schools. The research also explores senior school leaders’ reasons for supporting staff members in achieving the status, and HLTAs’ motivations to undertake the programme. The evaluation incorporates online and postal surveys of HLTAs, headteachers, teachers and heads of departments, followed by case-study visits to nine schools. Reporting identifies examples of good practice that can be applied more widely. The findings will be of importance to the TDA, DCSF, school leaders, HLTAs, providers of training for mathematics and science HLTAs and local authorities.

The Executive Summary is available on the TDA website.

Time scale: December 2008 - July 2009

NFER Project code: HLM