Registration window for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status now open

The Society for Education and Training (SET) is inviting SET members to register for the next cohort to undertake Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status, beginning in January 2021.

QTLS helps teacher and trainers signal to employers and colleagues their commitment to excellence, as well as the additional impact professional formation brings to their teaching.

It is aimed at:

  • teachers or trainers who have recently completed their initial teacher training, as well as those who already have experience of teaching
  • teachers, trainers and professionals working in the Further Education and Training sector who deliver a minimum of two hours teaching per week
  • staff in a teaching role working with post-14 learners (Years 10, 11 and above) in a school or sixth form college.

Professional formation leading to QTLS

QTLS is a nationally-recognised status which SET members can gain by successfully completing a “professional formation” process, enabling teachers/trainers to develop and demonstrate skills and knowledge through their practice.

Kerry Anne Richardson, a teacher at the Ridge Employability College in Doncaster, said: “I really enjoyed the QTLS journey because it made me evaluate my practice as a teacher. From the very first assignment where we are asked to talk about how we started this journey, right through to the end where you evaluate the whole process and the professional discussions along the way, I found it very interesting. It was challenging, but I found myself wanting to push myself further and try harder to answer certain questions.”

Read Kerry’s full story.

Badge of professionalism for teachers and trainers

Underpinned by the Professional Standards for Teachers and Trainers, QTLS helps professionals to critically reflect on the difference the process has had on their practice and learners. As part of the Education and Training Foundation (ETF), SET is the only organisation which can confer this badge of professionalism, allowing teachers and trainers to gain the professional recognition they deserve. Recent statistics reveal that 98 per cent of successful applicants say that QTLS has had a positive impact on their practice.

Andrew Dowell, Head of Professional Status at the Education and Training Foundation, said: “As we approach the New Year, QTLS presents a great opportunity to review your current teaching practice and explore areas for development. More than 24,000 teachers/trainers already hold QTLS, helping them to drive up professional standards in the sector. Additionally, it sets you on the pathway to Advanced Teacher Status (ATS), which recognises mastery level expertise for experienced teachers and trainers.”

Registration window dates

SET members wishing to register during the current window have from 1 December to 7 January 2021 to do so. They will then begin working on their portfolio from 11 January. Following the registration window closing, those interested in undertaking QTLS can express their interest for the next cohort, which will start in October 2021.

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