The Society for Education and Training (SET), the membership body dedicated to professionals working across further education, vocational teaching and training, has now opened the next registration window for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status.
With more organisations requiring QTLS as part of their job criteria, SET is expecting to see another steady increase in uptake over the next year. More than 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.
The process of professional formation that leads to the awarding of QTLS status provides a rich developmental opportunity that enables practitioners to show progression and to work collaboratively with colleagues.
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 that can confer this badge of professionalism, allowing teachers and trainers to gain the professional recognition they deserve and signal to employers their commitment to excellence. In fact, 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, 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 and sets a pathway towards Advanced Teacher Status (ATS), which recognises mastery level expertise.
Calvin Maye, Management Information Systems Manager, gained QTLS in 2016. He said: "QTLS is a fantastic way to unlock and improve your teaching practice and it is a great industry-recognised professional status. It will enhance your reputation and career prospects as well as demonstrate to your learners your continued dedication to improving teaching and learning."
Alessia Di Meo, Functional Skills tutor, gained QTLS in the same year. She said: "I would recommend QTLS because it has been very rewarding and fulfilling. Employers are looking for teachers and trainers who are committed to continuous professional development. QTLS has definitely boosted my career prospects."
This registration window closes on 31 May 2018. As of 3 April 2018, the payment method for QTLS registration is changing. This change has been introduced as a response to feedback from SET members who welcomed the opportunity to spread their payments using direct debit.
Find out how to register.