One who works in a classroom support role but with a high degree of autonomy and responsibility. HLTAs work under the direction of a qualified teacher to support individual children and small groups of pupils; and they are also expected to assist in planning lessons and monitoring the progress of pupils. Some will line‐manage or be responsible for supervising, others will support staff. HLTAs are qualified to deliver individual, group, and whole‐class learning activities without the presence of a qualified teacher. HLTA status is achieved when the person has successfully demonstrated they have met professional standards set by the Training and Development Agency for Schools in professional values and practice, knowledge and understanding, and teaching and learning activities. See also teaching assistants.