My QTLS experience: Helen Van De Kaa

Helen Van De Kaa is the Head of Department of Business and Economics at British School Kathmandu. She explains how undertaking Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) has encouraged her to be more creative with the way she teaches.

Helen VOne of the main reasons I undertook my QTLS was to enable me to be able to teach in a secondary school environment. I like the fact it allowed me to self-assess my passion for teaching and I could focus on areas I felt needed more development so I could become a better facilitator for learning. 

My QTLS status has given me more confidence to take responsibility for my subject matter and develop the right skills to position me to develop my career to a leadership role.

The impact of QTLS on my practice

Undertaking QTLS has also encouraged me to be more creative and allowed me to think about alternative ways to get my learners to engage and learn.

I would say that the biggest impact QTLS has made on my organisation is that it has allowed them to get a better understanding of the process, as I was the first staff members to do this.

Since I undertook QTLS my organisation has encouraged me to help support other staff members going through the same route. I am now hoping to become either 2iC or a curriculum lead. 

Feeling supported throughout the process 

My advice to anyone who is considering QTLS is to make sure you have spoken about it with your organisation and they are ready to fully support you in the process. It’s also a good idea to make sure to read all the help guides that SET provides, as they are very useful and answer a lot of questions.

I would also say you should try and speak to someone who has gone through the process already – you will be surprised how many of your friends you have studied with have done it. There is also lots of support on the QTLS Facebook group



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