A new window has opened for practitioners working in the post-16 Further Education (FE) and Training Sector to register to gain Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS).
This nationally-recognised professional status for teachers and trainers in the FE Sector is only conferred by Society for Education and Training (SET), the membership arm of the Education and Training Foundation (ETF).
The window closes on 31 October 2018 and applications can be made on the SET website.
Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) is the badge of professionalism for post-16 education and training, helping practitioners to advance in their careers and demonstrate their expertise and experience to colleagues, employers and learners. It is a flexible and affordable programme which practitioners can complete at their own pace.
To access Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status, practitioners are required to become SET members. Once a member, a practitioner can achieve QTLS status by undertaking a professional formation which enables them to demonstrate the effective use of skills and knowledge in their professional practice.
More than 20,000 practitioners already hold this nationally-recognised status, enabling them to develop and demonstrate their skills and knowledge. Over 88 per cent of successful applicants say that QTLS has had a positive impact on their practice.
What are the key benefits of QTLS?
- Enhances career prospects, as you can use 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.
The current registration window closes on 31 October 2018. Find out more about QTLS and the other benefits of SET membership.
"Achieving QTLS is the ideal goal to set yourself for the new academic year"
Martin Reid, Head of Membership, Society for Education and Training, said: “As well as enabling teachers and trainers to continue improving their practice, achieving QTLS status signals to employers a practitioner’s commitment to excellence in teaching. More and more employers are placing importance on the status as a key part of their recruitment criteria. For your own self-development and added impact to your teaching, achieving QTLS is the ideal goal to set yourself for the new academic year.”
Jeminiyi Ogunkoya, Qualifications and Development Lead/Lead IQA, recently gained QTLS: “I now feel very confident in my practice. I have gained respect I did not expect after achieving the qualification. I have endless opportunities to upskill into another role and have gained useful knowledge which will benefit my learners, my team, my organisation and myself. It is a qualification that makes you feel more confident, effective and competent in your role.”
Helen Van De Kaa, ICT and business teacher, recently gained QTLS: “Undertaking QTLS has opened up my creativity and allowed me to think about alternative ways to get my learners to engage and learn. It has given me more confidence to take responsibility for my subject matter and to develop the right skills to position me to develop my career to a leadership role.”