Successful applicants are finding out this week if they have been accepted onto the first cohort of Advanced Teacher Status (ATS) - a progression route from Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS).
The badge of advanced professionalism and mastery in further education and training is the new professional status conferred by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) through the Society for Education and Training (SET).
With a limited number of places available for the first ATS cohort beginning in October 2017, 50 applicants are being given the opportunity to demonstrate mastery in teaching and training and be recognised for their high level of subject knowledge in their area of professional expertise.
Applicants have been accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, taking into account eligibility and diversity of the sector in teaching and training.
“Twenty eight people have been told they have a place and are all very happy and excited about it,” said Head of QTLS and ATS, Patricia Odell. “The remaining successful applicants will be notified by 31 August."
Applicants will be supported throughout the process by a mentor, typically a more experienced colleague who works in their organisation or network. If applicants prefer, they can request a mentor from SET. "So far, six people have requested a SET mentor. Our register of mentors is available from October,” adds Patricia.
Lynne Taylerson, Blended Learning Advisor for FE and Lead Trainer for Real Time Education, Tweeted: “Perfect way to end a great week – just heard I’ve been accepted onto very first cohort of @E_T_Foundation #SET #ATS"
The second cohort of applicants will be able to register for ATS in February 2018, for submission in January 2019. If you would like to find out more about ATS please visit the ATS section on the SET website or send your query into firstname.lastname@example.org.