In 2017, the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) commissioned the Institute for Employment Studies (IES) to conduct some research into how Further Education (FE) providers use Advanced Practitioner type roles to improve teaching, learning and assessment.
Following on from this work, we commissioned a national programme of support for current and aspiring Advanced Practitioners, which incorporates collaborative projects and professional learning and development through face-to-face training, online communities of practice and a one-day conference. We have also developed an Advanced Practitioner Toolkit which is available to download from the Excellence Gateway.
In addition to this, Advanced Practitioners can gain recognition for their mastery in teaching and/or training and the support they provide to others by undertaking Advanced Teacher Status (ATS). ATS is the badge of advanced professionalism and mastery in further education and training. It is an advanced professional status that is conferred by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) through the Society for Education and Training (SET).