Career progression

This section of the site provides you with useful information and insight into career progression and the training and qualifications which are available to support you in furthering a teaching career.
  • Higher Level Teaching Assistant

    Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)

    What is HLTA Status? 

    Higher level teaching assistants undertake a wide variety of roles – some work across the curriculum, some act as specialist assistants for a specific subject or department – the work varies according to the needs, type and age-phase of the school.

    * In all cases HLTA have at least one specific area of expertise in the development of learning and well-being of children and young people.

    * In all cases HLTA work with individuals, small groups and whole classes to lead learning.

    * HLTA status is awarded by Welsh Government to individuals who have proved that they meet the National Standards for HLTA.

    The scheme works in partnership with local consortia and is undertaken by assessing portfolio of evidence presented by candidates to determine that they meet the HLTA standards.

    Details of the scheme can be obtained from the following local consortium

    South Central Wales 

    North Wales 

    Education through Regional Working 

    South East Wales 

  • Newly Qualified Teacher

    Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs)

    Statutory induction has been a requirement for newly qualified teachers (NQTs) in Wales since September 2003.

    All NQTs must complete a full induction period. For NQTs employed on a full time basis this is 3 school terms. For NQTs employed on a part time basis or as a short term supply teacher this is 380 sessions, the equivalent of 3 school terms.

    Since September 2016 the Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) Programme for induction and mentoring has been coordinated by the regional consortia.

    Central South

    Jendy Hillier, Jendy.H.Hillier@cscjes.org.uk  

    Matthew Robbins, Matthew.Robbins@cscjes.org.uk

    EAS

    Amanda Passmore, Amanda.passmore@sewaleseas.org.uk   

    Mike Cameron, mike.cameron@sewaleseas.org.uk  

    GwE

    Vicky Barlow, vicky.barlow@gwegogledd.cymru

    ERW

    Tom Fanning, tom.fanning@erw.org.uk  

  • National Professional Qualification for Headship

    The National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH)

    The National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) assessment programme is specifically for practitioners who are aspiring to be headteachers.

    Aspiring headteachers are practitioners who are intending to move into headship in the immediate future as their next career step and are able to meet the Leadership Standards.

    Applicants should only apply if they are committed to moving into headship in the immediate future.

    Applying for the NPQH

    If you intend to apply for the NPQH then you should discuss this with your headteacher or, in the case of acting headteachers, your chair of governors and challenge adviser now.

    The application process is administered by the regional consortia and further details about this will be announced soon on your consortium web site.

    North Wales

    Central South Wales 

    South East Wales

    South West & Mid Wales