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QTLS status

What is QTLS?

QTLS status shows your commitment to being a professional teacher and stands for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills.

QTLS status is accepted in schools, however, each school makes their own decision. It can take up to six months to gain the qualification and fee’s apply. Please follow

QTLS is not a qualification, it is a STATUS gained through being a member of the professional association the Society for Education and Training (SET)

Gaining QTLS status gives parity with school teachers’ QTS status, enabling you to teach in a school. As a member of the SET, you can use various letters after your name, plus the letters QTLS if you have achieved the status.

How do I apply for QTLS status?

To gain QTLS status, you must achieve a relevant teaching qualification to at least level 5 (i.e. Diploma in Education and Training/DTLLS/Cert Ed/PGCE) and evidence your literacy and numeracy skills to at least level two.

If you already hold a numeracy/maths and literacy/English qualification such as Key Skills or GCSE grade A-C these should be acceptable.

You need to be a member of the Society for Education and Training to apply for QTLS status, and must abide by their Code of Professional Practice.