We often get asked about QTLS here at Axcis – that’s why we thought we’d provide some information on what it is, how you get it and where it allows you to teach.
What is QTLS?
Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) is a professional status that you can gain by successfully completing professional formation.
What is meant by professional formation?
Professional formation is a post-qualification process that enables you to demonstrate the effective use of skills and knowledge gained in your initial teacher training qualification and applied in your current professional practice that is required to achieve QTLS.
How do I get QTLS?
In order to apply for, gain and retain QTLS, you first need to be registered as a member of the Society for Education and Training (SET). You then need to register your interest during one of the three available periods each year and make an initial payment of £100 (non-refundable). Once you have made this payment, you will have access to your professional formation online workbook.
Why is QTLS good to have?
More than 15,000 people have achieved QTLS status since its introduction in 2008:
- QTLS status is recognised in law as equal to QTS for teaching in schools
- Career progression: 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
- Members with QTLS can use these initials as a designation.
Where can I teach with QTLS?
Teachers in further education who have been awarded Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status by the Institute for Learning (now the Society for Education and Training) and are members of the Society for Education and Training have been confirmed as eligible by the government to teach in maintained schools in England.
So can I teach in primary, secondary and special schools if I have QTLS?
Since April 2012, FE trained teachers with QTLS have been recognised in legislation as equivalent in status to teachers with QTS in schools. They are able to teach across all subjects and all ages on equal pay and conditions, opening up career development and wider employment opportunities.
Are you seeking employment with your QTLS qualification?
At Axcis, we work with many schools who are only too happy to consider FE qualified teachers who hold QTLS for long-term and permanent teaching posts. So, if you’re seeking a new role, why not register or check out our jobs page today?