Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) is the badge of professionalism for teachers and trainers in the UK. It is a voluntary process which demonstrates your commitment to being a professional teacher in England. It is a 'status', not a qualification.
It is gained by completing a process known as 'professional formation' and by being a member of the professional association the Society for Education and Training (SET), which is part of the Education and Training Foundation (ETF). The ETF took over the work of the Institute for Learning (IfL) when they ceased operating.
Gaining QTLS status gives parity with school teachers' QTS status in England, enabling you to teach in a school or an academy should you wish, without going through the induction year.
The ETF support the professional development of teachers and trainers, leaders and governors, and employers. They offer free and subsidised training, and provide online resources and courses.
There are 20 standards, which are numbered for ease of reference, and which relate to three areas:
You can use an online self-assessment tool to rate yourself against the Professional Standards.
An interactive map is also available to help you apply the professional standards within your job role.
To gain QTLS status, you must achieve a relevant teaching qualification to at least level 5 (i.e. the Diploma in Education and Training/DTLLS/Cert Ed/PGCE).
You will need to provide evidence of your literacy and numeracy skills (part of the minimum core) to at least level two.
If you already hold a numeracy/maths and literacy/English qualification such as Key Skills or GCSE grade A-C these should be acceptable. Click here to see details of the approved maths and English qualifications.
There is a recognition route for teachers who do not hold a level 5 teaching qualification, but have substantial teaching experience.
Take a look at the video to find out how to apply and whether you are eligible.
You can apply for, and get help completing your QTLS application by clicking here.
You will need Level 2 or equivalent in English and maths. You can check what is acceptable by clicking here.
You will need to be familiar with the Professional Standards.
1 - Is QTLS the same as QTS?
QTLS status is recognised in law as being equal to QTS status for school teachers. Click here for further information from the GOV.UK website. Click here for guidance for school headteachers from SET.
2 - Is QTLS a qualification?
It's not a qualification, it's a 'status' It's achieved by application to the Society for Education and Training (SET) through a professional formation process. You must have gained a recognised level 5 (or above) teaching qualification, hold at least level 2 (or equivalent) English and maths, and be able to demonstrate your teaching skills. You must remain a member of the SET to keep your QTLS status live.
3 - Can I teach in a school if I have QTLS?
QTLS status is accepted in schools, however, each school makes their own decision. See question one (above) as it is recognised in law and schools should accept it.
4 - How do I apply and how long does it take to achieve QTLS?
You can apply by clicking here. It's up to you how long you take. There are windows of dates for making an application. You can complete the online workbook at your own pace.
5 - Why should I achieve QTLS status if it's not a legal requirement as a teacher in the FE and skills sector?
QTLS status is a demonstration of your commitment, skills and knowledge to employers. It shows you are a professional teacher. Also, as a member of the SET you will be able to access professional development opportunities and communicate with other members.
6 - How much does it cost to gain QTLS status?
You will need to become a member of the SET and then apply. The cost of QTLS is currently £485 but please check with them in case it's increased. The fee can be paid in instalments.
7 - Where can I get help to complete the application and workbook?
You can get help via the SET here.
8 - Can I use the letters QTLS after my name?
As a member of the SET, you can use various letters after your name, depending upon your membership grade, plus the letters QTLS if you have achieved the status.
If your question is not listed above, please click here for many more FAQs on the SET website.