Advanced Teacher Status (ATS)

ATS is a Professional Status recognised in the Education sector, which is gained after successfully completing a 12-month period of Professional Development and maintained through membership to the Society for Education and Training.

Achieving ATS allows you to demonstrate to colleagues and future employers your mastery in teaching and learning and helps you advance your career into more senior roles. You’ll also gain Chartered Teacher Status.

Once you have achieved ATS you are eligible to upgrade your membership to a Fellow and use ATS as a designation in your signature and on your CV, which is a great way to impress future employers.

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Is ATS right for me?

  • Are you already working at the level of an advanced teacher?
  • Would you like the opportunity to further develop your pedagogical expertise?
  • Are you interested in undertaking your own small-scale project and critically analysing existing education research?
  • Do you want to develop your coaching/mentoring skills to support other practitioners?
  • Would you like to, or do you already contribute to your organisation’s development and improvement?

What’s involved?

Unlike a qualification, ATS is a self-guided 12-month development programme, You'll typically be required to work three to four hours a week on your portfolio. As you near the end of the programme you can expect to put in more hours.

You’ll be assessed on your individual development as well as your ability to work collaboratively - either with fellow ATS participants or with more senior colleagues at your organisation.

Take a look at the ATS programme in more detail.

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ATS experiences Whilst undertaking ATS you’ll be able to:

  • Reflect on your practice to further improve your teaching and learning.
  • Develop skills in mentoring colleagues to bring about changes in your own and others’ practice.
  • Maintain and update your subject knowledge and educational research.
  • Apply understanding of effective practice in teaching and learning.
  • Critically evaluate your practice and assess its impact.
  • Contribute to organisational development and improvement.
  • Develop curriculum or teaching and learning leadership skills.

Hear from previous participants about their experiences of the Advanced Teacher Status programme.

What others say
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Interested in ATS? Express your interest

Applications for the next ATS cohort will open spring 2022.

You can express your interest at any time. 

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Am I eligible?

To be able to apply for ATS, you’ll need to be a current member of SET and meet the following criteria:

  • be working as an advanced teacher
  • hold a Level 5 or above initial teacher education qualification, on our approved list, for a minimum of four years (five years if you do not hold QTLS or QTS status)*
  • hold a eligible Level 2 English and Level 2 maths qualification, (Level 3 if you teach discrete English and/or maths)
  • be teaching in a Further Education and Skills setting for an average of eight hours a week whilst undertaking ATS.

Proof of support from your organisation should include:

  • Endorsement from a senior manager.
  • A documented professional discussion with a line manager.

Proof of up-to-date subject/vocational knowledge (demonstrating a commitment to maintaining and updating this knowledge) could include:

  • A subject specialist qualification***
  • A CV demonstrating evidence of work experience
  • Records of recent relevant CPD undertaken and the impact

* If your initial training qualification was gained overseas, you will need to obtain a statement of comparability from UK ENIC (formally NARIC) confirming that your qualification entitles you to teach in the country where it was gained.

**If your maths and English qualifications were gained overseas, you will need to obtain a statement of comparability from UK ENIC that confirms that your qualifications are equivalent to Level 2 (GCSE grades A*–C or 4-9).

***If you teach maths or English (numeracy, literacy, ESOL) GCSE or Functional Skills in either the FE and skills sector or in schools, you will also need to hold maths and English qualifications at a minimum of Level 3.

 

View list of eligible ITE qualifications

View list of approved maths and English qualifications

Undertaking ATS will only cost you £760.

You can pay this in six direct debit instalments, with an initial payment of £160 once you’ve been accepted onto the programme.

If you’re a member of SET and meet the eligibility criteria you can apply for ATS. The first step is to download and complete the ATS application form.

You'll also need to upload the following documentation to support your application:

  • Your CV
  • A copy of your current teaching timetable - showing a minimum of eight hours post-14 education
  • A copy of your Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training or equivalent certificate
  • A copy of your subject specialism qualification certificate
  • A copy of your QTLS or QTTS/NQT certificates

If you teach discrete maths or English:

  • A copy of your Level 3 or above qualification certificate/s

If you have not previously achieved QTLS:

  • A copy of your Level 2 or above English and maths qualifications

There is one application process per year, opening in early April and closing late August.

We aim to provide feedback on your application within four weeks, each application is reviewed by a panel at the Education and Training Foundation (ETF).

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impact of ATS Benefits of ATS for employers

Advanced Teacher Status (ATS) is the tried and tested way to professionalising your workforce. Find out more about the benefits of ATS to employers.

Benefits of ATS

The impact of ATS Feedback from ATS participants in 2019

100% said they would recommend ATS to their colleagues
95% said it had a positive impact on their practice
89% said it had a positive impact on their learners
89% said it had a positive impact on colleagues

INTERESTED IN ATS? Register interest

Express your interest for the next ATS cohort and receive the brochure with information about the application process.

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What others say ATS experiences

Hear from previous participants about their experiences of the Advanced Teacher Status programme.

ATS Experiences

ATS help Need further help?

You can find answers to many questions and get further advice in our Advanced Teacher Status help section.

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