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.
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.
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To be able to apply for ATS, you’ll need to be a current member of SET and meet the following criteria:
Proof of support from your organisation should include:
Proof of up-to-date subject/vocational knowledge (demonstrating a commitment to maintaining and updating this knowledge) could include:
* 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.
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:
If you teach discrete maths or English:
If you have not previously achieved QTLS:
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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Express your interest for the next ATS cohort and receive the brochure with information about the application process.
Hear from previous participants about their experiences of the Advanced Teacher Status programme.
You can find answers to many questions and get further advice in our Advanced Teacher Status help section.