Advanced Teacher Status (ATS)

Advanced Teacher Status (ATS) is the badge of advanced professionalism and mastery in further education and training. It is a new professional status conferred by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) through the Society for Education and Training (SET).

ATS recognises experienced professionals who can demonstrate:

  • mastery in teaching and/or training
  • an exemplary degree of subject knowledge in their area of professional expertise
  • effectiveness in working collaboratively to improve teaching standards amongst their peers or within their organisation or network.

What is ATS?

Discover the benefits of gaining ATS - the next career step for experienced teachers and trainers.

Apply for ATS

Find out how to apply for ATS and the sections you will be expected to complete as part of your written portfolio.

ATS eligibility

To be eligible to apply for ATS, you need to meet certain criteria. Find out more and download the Registration of Interest and Supporting Testimonies forms.

Benefits of ATS for employers

ATS offers a range of significant benefits for employers. Find out how you can help staff progress to the highest teaching standard in FE.


Read our commonly asked questions about Advanced Teacher Status and listen to our podcast with the Head of QTLS, Patricia Odell.

ATS documents - getting started on your portfolio

Find out how to get the information and documentation needed to start working on your portfolio.

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