What is QTLS?
What is ATS?
The Education and Training Foundation (ETF)
The Society for Education and Training (SET)
Gaining QTLS status
The benefits of QTLS status
How to apply for QTLS status
Useful ETF/SET weblinks
QTLS - Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills
ATS - Advanced Teacher Status
ETF - Education and Training Foundation
SET - Society for Education and Training
Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) is the badge of professionalism for teachers and trainers in England who teach ages 14+.
It can only be conferred by the Society for Education and Training.
It used to be a mandatory process for teachers in post-compulsory education to gain their 'Licence to Practise', but it is now a voluntary process.
It demonstrates your commitment to being a professional teacher in England. It is a 'status' not a qualification and you need to have achieved certain qualifications prior to applying.
"QTLS holders, as is the case for all holders of QTS, will be allowed to teach both curriculum and non-curriculum subjects in schools and across the breadth of school ages." Taken from SET website.
Scroll down this page until you see 'Gaining QTLS status' for further information.
QTLS 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).
You can read a case study about Jeminiyi Ogunkoya (pictured) gaining QTLS by clicking here.
QTLS status gives legal 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.
If you want to teach in a particular school, but they won't accept your QTLS status, just refer them to this Guidance for school headteachers which can be seen here.
Advanced Teacher Status (ATS) is the badge of advanced professionalism and mastery in further education and training. It entitles you to be a Fellow of SET.
It is a professional status conferred by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) through their Society of Education and Training (SET), and is voluntary.
ATS recognises experienced professionals who can demonstrate:
mastery in teaching and/or training
an exemplary degree of subject knowledge in their area of professional expertise
effectiveness in working collaboratively to improve teaching standards amongst their peers or within their organisation or network.
You must be a member of SET, have held your teaching qualification for at least five years (four years if you also hold QTS/QTLS) and be teaching or training in a post-14 setting for an average of eight hours a week. You do not need to have achieved QTLS/QTS. You can find out more and apply here.
The ETF support the professional development of teachers and trainers, leaders and governors, and employers (in the post-14 sector) to help them deliver excellent further and vocational education and training.
The ETF offer free and subsidised training, and provide online resources and courses.
A calendar of CPD events is collated by the ETF if you would like to check out what's going on in the sector.
Please note: the ETF and SET websites regularly change their webpages, therefore some of the links on this page might not work if they have updated them. If you find a broken link, please contact me to let me know.
I have been featured on the Education and Training's SET website. Click here to read the 'My Career Story' feature.
SET have produced a set of Professional Standards for teachers and trainers in England.
There are 20 standards, which are numbered for ease of reference, and which relate to three areas:
professional values and attributes - 6 standards aimed at developing judgement of what works and does not work in teaching and training
professional knowledge and understanding - 6 standards aimed at developing deep and critically informed knowledge and understanding in theory and practice
professional skills - 8 standards aimed at developing expertise and skills to ensure the best outcomes for learners.
If you are a trainee teacher working towards a teaching qualification (level 3 or above)
you can join SET free - just click here for details.
To gain QTLS status, you must currently be teaching in the post-14 sector (at least two hours per week) and have achieved a relevant teaching qualification to at least level 5 (i.e. the Diploma in Education and Training/DTLLS/Cert Ed/PGCE). This must have been achieved more than six months prior to registering for QTLS status.
You must be a member of SET.
You will need to provide evidence of your literacy and numeracy skills to at least level two (level 3 if you teach these subjects). 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. If you don't have proof of your achievement, you can take a free self evaluation via the ETF and then sign up for a course to become qualified.
You need to identify someone who can be your supporter. He or she will be a qualified teacher, and will need to be able to support and comment on your developing practice during the process. They will write a statement when you have completed your portfolio before you can submit it.
It can help you with your career progression, it demonstrates a commitment to your professional development, and is a recognition of your professional status as a teacher or trainer.
You can be added to the Society for Education and Training's professional status register.
QTLS status is recognised in law as having parity with QTS for teaching in schools (all age ranges) without having to undertake the induction year. Scroll down this government webpage until you see QTLS. You can also find out more on the SET website. You need to remain a member of SET to keep your status active.
You can have access to certain benefits as part of staying a member of SET, such as subsided and free courses.
You can go on to apply for Advanced Teacher Status which is the badge of advanced professionalism and mastery in further education and training.
1 - Is QTLS the same as QTS?
QTLS status (for post-14 teachers) is recognised in law as having parity with QTS status (for school teachers in England). Click here for further information from the GOV.UK website. Click here for guidance for employers and headteachers from SET. This information might help you avoid the induction year if your school is unaware of it.
2 - Is QTLS/ATS a qualification?
It's not a qualification, it's a 'status' which is achieved by application to the Society for Education and Training (SET). You must remain a member of the SET to keep your 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 as to what their staff should hold. 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/ATS?
You can find out more and apply by clicking here for QTLS; and clicking here for ATS. QTLS takes about 4-6 months and ATS up to 11 months. There are two cohorts per year, although you can express an interest to apply at any time. You can complete the online workbook at your own pace.
5 - Why should I achieve QTLS/ATS status if it's not a legal requirement as a teacher in the FE, skills and training sector (in England)?
Holding QTLS and/or ATS is a demonstration of your commitment, skills and knowledge to employers. It shows you are a professional teacher or trainer. Also, as a member of SET you will be able to access professional development opportunities, certain benefits, and be able to communicate with other members.
6 - How much does it cost to gain QTLS/ATS status?
You will need to become a member of SET first and then you can apply for QTLS (provided you meet the entry requirements - see the 'Gaining QTLS' section above). The cost of QTLS is currently £485 and ATS is £600, but please check with SET in case it's increased. The fee can be paid in instalments.
7 - Where can I get help to complete the application and workbook?
8 - Can I use the letters QTLS/ATS after my name?
As a member of SET, you can use various letters after your name, depending upon your membership grade, plus the letters QTLS/ATS if you have achieved the status.
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