ATS eligibility

Find out more about the eligibility criteria and skills required to apply for Advanced Teacher Status (ATS).

To be eligible to apply for ATS*, you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • working at the level of an advanced practitioner (see below)
  • be a current member of SET and have completed a Declaration of Suitability (read the ATS Terms and Conditions for more information) 
  • have held your Level 5 or above initial teacher education qualification for a minimum of four years 
  • be teaching or training in a post-14 setting (including training colleagues) for an average of eight hours a week (or equivalent annualised hours) for the duration of undertaking ATS. This could be in a range of settings, including: further education (FE) colleges, adult and community learning, work-based learning, employers, offender learning, armed services and schools. If you are teaching in a school, then your evidence must be drawn from teaching learners in years 10, 11 and above. 

*In an update to the eligibility criteria in 2020, if you have not previously been awarded QTLS or QTS and you have held your ITE qualification a minimum of five years, you can now apply for ATS.

Find out why we changed the eligibility for ATS in May 2020.

What is an advanced practitioner?

An advanced practitioner:

  • Can support colleagues to improve learner and learning experiences.Typical roles held by advanced practitioners are senior teachers, trainers or assessors, curriculum managers or coordinators, aspiring senior managers, senior instructors supporting apprenticeships. 
  • Demonstrates effective practice in teaching and learning to the highest standard.
  • Shares their high level pedagogical/subject expertise through networking, coaching or mentoring.
  • Has high level technical or academic subject knowledge and professional experience.
  • Can critically evaluate their practice with colleagues or peers and assess its impact.
  • Can contribute strategically to the developing curriculum and organisational development.

Applicants wishing to apply must have:

1. Pedagogical skills: Demonstrating consistency in high level teaching and learning, resulting in a positive impact on learner outcomes. Evidence should include:

  • a witness testimony or statement from a line manager, quality manager or advanced practitioner confirming consistency in high level teaching and learning skills
  • a testimony or record confirming consistent improvements in learner outcomes, demonstrating distance travelled, taking into account the national average.

2. Up-to-date subject/vocational knowledge: Demonstrating a commitment to maintaining and updating this knowledge. Evidence could include:

  • *a subject specialist qualification 
  • a CV demonstrating evidence of work experience
  • records of recent relevant CPD undertaken
  • a record of a visit to an employer.

*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, such as ‘A’ Level Maths or English or Level 3 Award in Mathematics for Numeracy teaching, or Level 3 Award in English for Literacy and Language teaching. View a list of acceptable qualifications at Level 3.

Is ATS right for you?

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

If you answered ‘yes’ to the all of the above questions, then ATS could be right for you.

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