Almost 150 SET members have registered for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status since The Society for Education and Training (SET) opened the registration window on 1 September.
As part of the Education and Training Foundation (ETF), SET is the only organisation which confers this badge of professionalism, allowing teachers and trainers to gain the professional recognition they deserve and signal to employers their commitment to excellence.
With more organisations requiring QTLS as part of their job criteria, SET is now expecting to see a marked increase in uptake over the next 12 months. This follows a record 1,600 practitioners achieving the status last year after the launch of an enriched and improved version in September 2016.
Driving professional standards in the sector
Over 20,000 practitioners already hold this nationally-recognised status, enabling them to develop and demonstrate their skills and knowledge through practice and helping them to drive up professional standards in the sector.
In fact, 88 per cent of successful applicants say QTLS has had a positive impact on their practice. QTLS now also sets teachers and trainers on the pathway towards the ETF’s newly-launched Advanced Teacher Status (ATS).
Calvin Maye, Management Information Systems Manager, gained QTLS last year. He said: "QTLS is a fantastic way to not only unlock and improve your teaching practice, but it is a great industry-recognised qualification. It will enhance your reputation and career prospects as well as demonstrate to your learners your continued dedication to improving teaching and learning."
What are the key benefits of QTLS?
- Enhances career prospects, using QTLS as a professional designation.
- Provides valuable continuing professional development (CPD) that will enhance knowledge and skills, and build confidence.
- Recognised in law as equivalent to Qualified Teaching Status (QTS) for teaching in schools.
- Allows progression towards Advanced Teacher Status (ATS), which recognises mastery level expertise.
Tim Weiss, Director of Business Development, Membership and Communications at the ETF, said: "As well as enabling teachers and trainers to continue improving their practice, QTLS is fundamental for helping to improve, champion and increase the recognition of the quality of teaching and training in the sector. We are pleased to see that more employers are placing importance on QTLS and look forward to supporting another successful cohort of practitioners in their journey to achieving the status over the next year. We strongly encourage teachers or trainers who are unsure about any part of the professional formation process to get in touch with the SET team who are here to guide you along the way."
This registration window closes on 31 October 2017. There are three registration windows per year – the second window opens on 1 December 2017 and closes on 31 January 2018.
Find out more about QTLS and how to register.