QUALIFIED TEACHER STATUS (QTS)
Before you can take a teaching job in England most especially in the reputable primary, secondary, special or non-special school, it is very important to have QTS.
WHAT IS QTS?
QTS is simply referred to as Qualified Teacher Status that is authorized by the National College for Teaching and Leadership. As soon as you obtained QTS and you are given a teaching post in an established school in England, your salary will be based on the qualified teachers scales and will be depending on the arrangements of the performance management in schools just like any other qualified teacher.
Before you could have your qualified teacher status, you will need to go through minimum of two major consecutive pupil age differences as stated in the Secretary of State’s Requirements for Initial Teacher Training. The age differences could be any of these:
- Foundation level (between age 3 and 5)
- School years 1 to 2 (between age 5 and 7)
- School years 3 to 4 (between 7 and 9)
- School years 5 to 6 (between 9 and 11)
- School years 7 to 9 (between 11 and 14)
- School years 10 to 11 (between 14 and 16)
It is the General Teaching Council for Wales and General teaching Council for England that keeps all the registrations and issue QTS certificates. Every undergraduate in degree level and some other kinds of teacher training are mandated for the new recipients of QTS. The best and common way to obtain qualified teacher status for the degree candidate is to go for a postgraduate course for teacher training. Such include Professional Certificate in Education, graduate Teacher Program (GTP) and Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).
Asides that, there are some undergraduate degree qualifications such as bachelor of Education that can earn you QTS and first degree. For instance, candidates must make sure they pass QTS Skills Tests in England before they could have QTS. It is very important for all candidates of QTS to have GCSEs at the C grade or above, better still; the equivalent standard will be appreciated. Most especially in English, mathematics and for the primary trainees alone, science subjects must be achieved before venturing into teacher training level.
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