Since September 2016, you can register to start working towards an even more valuable QTLS status. We have consulted widely with members, partners and practitioners to develop a range of improvements to professional formation to make it a richer developmental experience.
Underpinned by the professional standards, this new enhanced professional development opportunity will help you to consolidate your existing practice as well as develop new skills and knowledge. By developing an e-portfolio that will form the basis of your CPD, you will be able to develop your digital skills. You will also be able to demonstrate to your employer and colleagues the positive impact of the process on your practice, as well as your learners.
How have we improved QTLS?
- We have redesigned professional formation, so that it is a more forward-looking developmental process, with more opportunities to demonstrate your progression.
- It now offers an excellent opportunity to plan and record your CPD activity, drawing on relevant educational theory and research.
- You will be encouraged to work collaboratively with their supporter and other colleagues throughout the process, to maximise opportunities for feedback.
- You will be able to critically reflect to show the difference this development activity is having on your practice and your learners.
- In addition, you will be able to focus on how you will continue to develop your skills and knowledge, once you have completed professional formation.
The professional formation journey to QTLS
Step 1: Self-Assessment
Carry out an online self-assessment against the 2014 professional standards to help you identify your areas for development that you will undertake during professional formation.
Step 2: Professional Development Plan
Put together your Professional Development Plan outlining the activities that you will undertake during professional formation to address some of the areas you have highlighted in your self-assessment. You may want to share and discuss your plan with your supporter at this stage.
Step 3: Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Record
Complete a CPD record detailing the CPD that you plan to take during the professional formation process, reflecting on the intended impact of your development activity on your practice and on your learners.
Step 4: Critical Reflection on Impact
Write a reflective account of the professional development activity undertaken as part of the professional formation process and evaluate the effect it has had on your practice and the outcomes of your learners.
Step 5: Final Action Plan
Complete a final action plan that will provide details of professional development that you plan to undertake in the future to ensure that you are continuing to develop your practice after you have completed professional formation.
What are the other benefits of QTLS?
More than 17,500 professionals have achieved QTLS since its introduction in 2008. The new QTLS, available since September 2016 continues to provide the following benefits:
- Career progression - your QTLS status demonstrates your commitment, skills and knowledge to employers
- Recognition of your status as a professional teacher or trainer
- Valuable continuing professional development (CPD) that builds confidence and enhances your skills
- QTLS status is recognised in law as equal to QTS for teaching in schools
- Members with QTLS can use the initials as a designation and display a QTLS digital pin as highlighted below on their online profiles.
For more detailed guidance about the evidence you will be required to provide during the Professional Formation Process, see our Professional Formation Guidance.