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How to get involved in interviewing the next generation of primary teachers

For many years, partnership head-teachers and lead school-based mentors have been involved in the interview process and have interviewed candidates alongside members of the academic team. Those colleagues who have been involved in the past have given up one or two half days (or more!) to join in these activities. The perspective of school partners is important and we value the insights you bring to the table. The interview process is quite structured and full training, support and shadowing is given to all those joining for the first time.

We are always looking to expand the team of partnership head-teachers and lead school-based mentors who are involved in this activity. If you feel you would like to join in this important partnership activity please contact Sophie Meller (

In an effort to ensure equal representation of our local LEAs on our interview panels, we would particularly welcome enquiries from head-teachers and lead-mentors at South Tyneside schools as that particular LEA is currently under-represented.



Northumbria University offers preparation courses leading to assessment against the national HLTA standards. A provider of HLTA preparation since 2004 they have recently been awarded the Gold Quality Mark by HLTA North for their highly skilled preparation and assessment.

HLTA Northumbria form part of the partnership with HLTA North who manage the HLTA assessment across the North of England, part of the Higher-Level Teaching Assistant National Partnership (HNAP). Together, HNAP members ensure a national focus, consistency and the rigour of HLTA preparation and Assessment.

Courses are currently facilitated via a virtual classroom, offering candidates to opportunity to work alongside other developing HLTAs to identify and recognise their skills and expertise in supporting teaching and learning. In addition to HLTA preparation we can also offer a longer route towards assessment which supports candidates to identify and develop their pedagogical skills leading to an improved approach to the support offered for teaching and learning.

Groups are facilitated termly and can be facilitated on behalf of Multi Academy Trusts and Teaching Schools.

For further information about courses and availability contact



Are you looking to become a pioneer who can shape policy and practice in your profession? This exciting programme will facilitate your personal career development, helping you become a leader in your field. 

As a professional doctorate student, you will gain a fresh perspective on service development, looking at the inter-relationships between research, policy and practice in different work settings and contexts. You will develop skills around critical reflection, such as the ability to analyse, evaluate and synthesise data from a wide range of sources, so that you may innovate, form unique interpretations, and drive services forward within your sector. 

This programme is suitable for professionally qualified and experienced individuals based in the UK and internationally, who wish to undertake doctoral study. It is suitable for a variety of career paths, and available to a range of professional backgrounds including education, health and children’s services settings. The programme will be offered on a part-time basis with flexible study, enabling you to work at your own pace and that of the sector in which you practice. 

The programme is based around a range of individual and group learning activities. You will explore organisational goals and vision, working collaboratively with peers and colleagues to develop ideas and relate them to practice. Classroom based teaching and learning sessions will be provided 3 times a year and are held on weekends, to facilitate your employment demands. The sessions are comprised of teacher-led discussions, group and individual presentations and discussions, tasks and activities and communities of enquiry to further develop your knowledge and its application to your practice. The programme modules provide a progressive framework for undertaking Doctoral level research culminating in a Professional Doctorate thesis.

Upon completion you will have the tools and knowledge to drive progress and make an impact in your field. The focus on relating research to practise throughout the doctorate will help you stand out as a pioneer practitioner, giving you a competitive edge in the world of employment. 

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