The ATS programme

Significant professional development activity logged in a workbook will be core to the Advanced Teacher Status (ATS) process.

The ATS process 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 workbook 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.
  • Improvement project or case study: 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. 

ATS deadlines for each stage

For more detail on the ATS programme and timeline for cohort 5 and cohort 6, please visit the Apply for ATS page.

Completing ATS

1. Review of your workbook

After you have submitted your completed workbook to SET, it will be reviewed by a member of SET’s highly experienced team of reviewers.

A team of moderators will ensure consistency in the judgements made by reviewers, as well as in the
quality of the ATS workbooks. Your workbook will be reviewed against three broad criteria:

  • Authenticity: does the evidence appear to be authentic?
  • Sufficiency: is the evidence sufficient to award ATS.
  • Reliability: is the evidence included relevant to the applicant
    and their role?

Written feedback will be provided by SET reviewers. If the evidence in your workbook demonstrates you have met the ATS criteria, your reviewer will recommend that you should be awarded with ATS, subject to a viva interview, and this will be confirmed to you by email. Otherwise you will be asked to make modifications to your workbook.

2. Viva interview

If your workbook has been recommended for the award of ATS, you will be invited to a viva interview, held in London.

The viva will provide you with an opportunity to discuss your year’s development with the ATS lead moderator and a Head of one of the ETF’s programmes. This interview can alternatively take place via Skype. Participants must pass the viva interview in order to be awarded with ATS.

3. Results

If your viva interview is successful, you will be notified that you have achieved ATS. Your certificate will be mailed out to you. 

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 SET. It remains your responsibility to nominate a mentor before starting your workbook. 

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 workbook.

Mentors are encouraged to undertake SET’s online mentoring programme.

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