Top tips for QTLS applicants

Familiarise yourself with our top 15 tips for undertaking Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status.

1. Do not wait until the last minute to complete your workbook. It is evident to a reviewer when this happens.

2. Ensure your narrative and evidence is related to your post-14 teaching practice (Year 10 and above/adults).

3. Evidence from ITE qualification or prior to registration for QTLS must not be included.

4. Teachers of maths, English or ESOL (in any context, at any level) must hold a maths/English or ESOL qualification at Level 3 or above, so ensure you upload a scanned copy to your workbook.

5. In the Roles and Responsibilities section, start with explaining your current role so that the reviewer knows straight away exactly what it is you do.

6. Ensure you add comments in your self-assessment tool notes section for all 20 Professional Standards.

7. Make sure your professional development plan is based on the results of your self-assessment and feedback from your first observation.

8. Use the SET CPD activity tool to record your CPD. You will need to export this from your My SET dashboard, then upload and link it in your workbook.

9. Ensure all observations and documents are signed and dated. Ensure you complete the observation cover sheet in full for both observations.

10. Check the dates of your evidence and ensure nothing is dated prior to the registration date. 

11. Make sure your critical reflection tells your journey through professional formation.

12. Ensure your evidence is in the correct section and that it is saved with file names that clearly identify what the evidence is, to make it is easier for the reviewer to find.

13. Proofread your workbook.

14. Do not include the kitchen sink for evidence. Less is more sometimes.

15. Familiarise yourself with these top tips for undertaking Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status.

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