A group of SET members have been awarded Chartered Teacher status at a graduation ceremony after undertaking Advanced Teacher Status (ATS) through the Society for Education and Training (SET), the professional membership body of the Education and Training Foundation (ETF).
The 56 teachers and trainers from the Further Education (FE) and Training sector were honoured in a virtual ceremony on Saturday 20 March for achieving the national standard, which recognises excellent teaching from the Chartered College of Teaching.
The ceremony celebrated the hard work and commitment of the graduating cohorts of Chartered Teachers who have undertaken a programme to be recognised for evidence-informed, high-quality teaching practice with Chartered Teacher Status (CTeach).
ATS is the badge of advanced professionalism and mastery in FE. The programme, which is underpinned by the 20 Professional Standards, was launched by the ETF in 2017 and is conferred through SET.
Speaking at the event, David Russell, Chief Executive of the ETF, said: “I believe in the power of collaboration and we are stronger when we all work with each other. You are trailblazers for the profession, and you should be proud that you are one of the early ones."
Andrew Dowell, Head of Professional Status at the ETF, said: “On behalf of everyone at the ETF, I would like to congratulate all of those graduating. To become a chartered teacher is an immense accomplishment and proves that they are amongst the very best in the profession. With over 50 teachers and trainers from all parts of the sector becoming Chartered Teachers through gaining ATS, it shows the high levels of mastery, dedication and professionalism of so many.”
During the ceremony, graduates heard from Kathryn Langford, Lead CPD Trainer at the ETF and previous ATS graduate, who said: “Graduation is about celebrating your achievement and the distance you have travelled so far. Usually, it is also about sharing some sound advice before you move on to your next challenges.”
Graduation is about celebrating your achievement, the distance you have travelled so far and acknowledging peers who have supported you along the way. It is also about looking forward to the next phase in your journey and the colleagues you will work with in the challenges that you face.
“In my view, undertaking ATS was an opportunity to focus time and energy into a teaching-related programme, as opposed to subject specialism,” said Karen Littlewood, Safeguarding Adults Lead at Shropshire Partners in Care, who graduated at the event. “As a teacher and trainer continuing to develop and expand your knowledge is an important part of the role. ATS has enabled me to focus on the benefits for learners and spend time considering the mechanisms of teaching within my own learning context and culture.”
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More than 27,000 practitioners have been awarded Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status since it was first introduced in 2008. As QTLS status marks its fifteenth anniversary, applications for the current cohort remain open, closing on 30 November.