Apply for ATS

Find out more about how to apply for Advanced Teacher Status (ATS) and complete your portfolio. 

You can apply for cohort 3 (starting in October 2018) from 1 May 2018 to 31 July 2018. If you are interested in applying for ATS you will need to:

Read the ATS terms and conditions

What to expect after you apply 

Once the application window has closed, all applications will be reviewed during August. Notification of outcome will be sent to applicants during September. If you are an accepted ATS participant, you will be required to make a payment, either in full in by direct debit instalments. An introductory webinar and issue of the e-portfolio will take place in October. 

Fees for ATS

The cost of undertaking the ATS programme is £750.

ATS portfolio requirements 

Significant professional development activity will be core to the process, which is underpinned by the 20 Professional Standards - a framework developed by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) for teachers and trainers to critically appraise their own practice and improve their teaching through Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Sections of the online portfolio will include the following:

  • Introduction: Your role and responsibilities, motivation for undertaking ATS and evidence you meet the entry criteria. 
  • Professional development plan: A self-assessment to identify professional standard focus, rationale and anticipated impact of the professional development.
  • Reflective diary: Documenting professional development activity undertaken during the process relevant to the mandatory Professional Standards, and other specialist standards relevant to your area of focus.
  • Case studies, reports and research: The positive impact of the process on others in your organisation, and your organisation's quality improvement strategy, supported by evidence of your mastery in teaching or training.
  • Final action plan: Demonstrating how you will continue to develop your practice on achievement of ATS. 

Review of ATS portfolios

The ETF will be responsible for the accreditation and management of the status through SET. Applications will be reviewed by highly experienced SET reviewers and moderated by the SET Lead Moderators. 

Participants' portfolios will be reviewed against three broad criteria:

  • authenticity
  • sufficiency
  • reliability.

Feedback will be provided by SET reviewers. If unsuccessful, participants may have an opportunity to re-apply based on the feedback provided by the participant's reviewer.

Support for participants during the process

Participants will be supported throughout the process by a mentor. Ideally, the mentor should be a more experienced colleague working in their organisation or professional network. Alternatively, you can request a mentor from the Society for Training and Education (SET).

In October 2017 SET introduced a register of mentors - it remains your responsibility to nominate a mentor before starting your portfolio. 

The role of the mentor will include:

  • supporting you in scoping your professional development plan
  • providing support with action planning
  • providing support during the process through professional discussion
  • writing a supporting statement once you have completed their portfolio. 

Mentors will be encouraged to undertake SET’s online mentoring programme, which launched in spring 2017.

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