The Regulations originally came into force on 1st August 2003 and revised regulations came into force on 1 September 2007.

The underlying policy aim of the Regulations made under section 133 of the Education Act 2002 was to safeguard standards in the classroom and preserve the role, status and overall responsibility of qualified teachers in schools.

The Regulations clarify the respective roles of qualified teachers and other staff in schools, and specify circumstances under which certain kinds of staff without qualified teacher status (QTS) – usually support staff – may carry out ‘specified work’ related to teaching and learning.

It is likely that the majority of support staff who are undertaking more challenging aspects of the ‘specified work’ with pupils will be higher-level teaching assistants (HLTAs). The Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) has developed and maintains a set of standards for HLTAs and an assessment programme to help individuals meet the standards. Further information is available by following the link below.

Schools will continue to need to consider, in advance of the start of the Autumn Term, which of their staff can undertake the ‘specified work’ based on their skills, expertise and experience – using the HLTA standards as an indicator of the required levels. They will also need to consider the level of supervision needed by each member of staff undertaking the ‘specified work’, using the information set out in the guidance document.


  • The Regulations
  • Establishing a system of supervision
  • Skills Tests, Qualified Teacher Status and Overseas Trained Teachers