1.1 SET (the Society for Education and Training) is committed to supporting our members undertaking the professional formation programme leading to Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) and Advanced Teacher Status (ATS) to reach your full potential on programme.
1.2 The purpose of this document is to ensure that all participants in the professional formation process leading to QTLS and the developmental process leading to ATS have fairand consistent support and access to their programmes.
2.1 This policy applies to all members who are undertaking the professional formation process leading to QTLS and ATS professional status, from registration stage to award stage.
2.2 While the main source of support will be the QTLS supporter and the ATS mentor, this document outlines the support available from the Professional Status Team during the programmes. Participants who wish to apply for reasonable adjustments must refer to the Reasonable Adjustments policy.
2.3 As professional formation leading to QTLS and the developmental process leading to ATS are programmes leading to professional status, formative assessment is not provided.
3.2 Professional Status Team
4.1 Professional Formation: Unlike a course or qualification, professional formation is a 6-month developmental period when participants work on their portfolios (leading to QTLS status).
4.2 ATS (Advanced Teacher status): Unlike a course or qualification, ATS is a 12-month developmental period working on CPD activity at the level of an advanced teacher (leading to ATS).
4.3 In-programme support: Help offered to participants from the date their portfolio is issued to the date when they are awarded or withdrawn, including the resubmission process for those who do not initially meet the criteria.
4.4 Review and moderation process: Procedures to assess the portfolios and reach a “criteria met” or “criteria not met” outcome. The review and moderation process starts after the submission deadline and runs over one month.
4.5 Support communications: Emails or telephone calls instigated by the participant to request advice and clarification, seek help or ask questions to the Professional Status team regarding their portfolio.
6.1 In-programme support:
- Guidance notes under each section of the portfolios.
- A series of webinars addressing portfolio requirements at key stages of the programmes.
- A series of regular communications with information about the programmes at the point of need.
- Response to general queries will be provided via the membership enquiries team (email@example.com).
- A dedicated professional formation inbox for queries related to eligibility criteria (firstname.lastname@example.org) and portfolio queries(email@example.com)
- A dedicated ATS inbox for queries related to portfolio requirements (ATS@etfoundation.co.uk)
6.2 Support during the review and moderation process:
- Detailed written feedback
- One re-submission opportunity free of charge
6.3 Accessibility tools
7 Reasonable adjustments
7.1 Please refer to the Reasonable Adjustments policy.
8.1 Both professional formation leading to QTLS, and the development process leading to ATS are professional status programmes aiming at the development of skills, values and attributes of fully qualified teachers in the Further Education and Skills sector. Participants in these programmes are fully qualified professionals who do not fall into the student category. Therefore, student financial support is not available for participants in any of the professional status programmes.
9.1 If further to discussion with the Professional Status Team regarding the support received as described in section 6 of this document, participants who wish to appeal against the sufficiency of the support received, must email firstname.lastname@example.org their case for appeal, including any relevant background information. The Professional Status Team will respond in writing within 10 working days. See the Appeals Procedures document.
Appendix 1: QTLS Terms and conditions
Appendix 2: ATS Terms and conditions