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How Do I Gain Qualified Teacher Status?

Heard the term “QTS” being flung about?


QTS stands for Qualified Teacher Status, and anybody who wants to teach in the UK (England and Wales) for more than 4 years, needs to obtain it. Anyone who has not completed their teacher training in England or Wales is considered an Overseas Trained Teacher, that’s you, and are given a window period of 4 years in which to gain QTS. This starts from the very first day you ever step into a classroom. (Even if it is just a day of supply) If after 4 years you have not gained QTS, you will be asked to leave teaching and will not be permitted to teach as a classroom teacher again.


If you taught in the UK before 1/12/1997, and did not achieve QTS, you are exempt from this rule. As gaining QTS can be a timely process (taking up to 12-months in some cases), it is recommended this be started as soon as possible under the guidance of your employing school, you need to be in a long term position and show commitment to a school for their support with this.


To achieve this award, you need to complete a period of initial teacher training (ITT), which will enable you to meet the professional standards for QTS, and display the skills and qualities required to be an effective teacher.
If you have been teaching for some time as an overseas teacher, you will still need QTS before you can teach as a qualified teacher in the UK, but if you have the right experience you won't necessarily need to complete a full programme of ITT. There are options including a programme of QTS assessment only and tailored training for overseas trained teachers – QTS website .


In a nutshell, before you can be awarded Qualified Teacher Status, all trainee teachers are required to:

1. Register with the intent to achieve QTS ( there is a waiting list, don’t wait till your 3rd year)
2. Put together a file which shows that you understand the scope and expectations of the QTS guidelines and proves that you meet each criterion. ( You will be given these guidelines in a booklet)
3. Pass the 3 skills tests in numeracy, literacy and information and communication technology (ICT). The tests are computerised and can be taken at any of approximately 150 test centres throughout the UK.
4. Show that you can teach across at least two key consecutive pupil age ranges. The age ranges are the following:


• Ages 3–5 (Foundation stage)
• Ages 5–7 (School years 1-2)
• Ages 7–9 (School years 3-4)
• Ages 9–11 (School years 5-6)
• Ages 11–14 (School years 7-9)
• Ages 14–16 (School years 10-11)
• Ages 16–19 (School years 12-13)


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Tags: Supply Teaching, Teach in London, Teach in UK, National Curriculum, Qualified teacher Status, QTS in UK, Supply Teaching.

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