Apply for QTLS or ATLS
There are three stages to the Professional Formation process that leads to Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) or AssociateTeacher Learning and Skills (ATLS) status. To begin the process IfL requires you first to express to us your intention to apply for QTLS or ATLS.
The statutory requirement to obtain QTLS and ATLS was removed in September 2012, along with government funding of professional formation for individual teachers and trainers. IfL now needs to charge £485 for professional formation to cover the cost of the process.
Payment will be able to be made in two instalments:
- First instalment of £100 upon completion of the expression of intent form
- Final instalment of £385 upon completion of the application and submission of completed webfolio
We have worked to keep the price down, and considering the value and recognition that QTLS brings we believe this offers good value to members.
The professional status of QTLS is important to many IfL members. In issue 12 of InTuition (spring 2013), former teaching assistants Kathy Callaghan and Angela Wellington talk about how QTLS has helped their careers.
If you are applying for QTLS then please view our short video, which has been created to support IfL members when using the new REfLECT +
Use the members’ area of the website to complete the expression of intent form. This indicates to IfL that you wish to apply for Professional Formation and allows us prepare the appropriate resources to review and moderate your application.
After you’ve expressed your intent, you will be able to access your webfolio in REfLECT and complete the application process by completing your portfolio. You need to make sure your application is sent to us by the relevant deadline for your application period (see the table below).
Once received, your completed application will be reviewed and moderated. If successful, you will achieve Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) or Associate Teacher Learning and Skills (ATLS) status. Certificates can now be printed through REfLECT as IfL no longer posts them out.
Deadlines for each stage
Please refer to the below timetable for further information. You can click the column headings for further information on that stage.
|Spring||Sept 1 - Oct 31||February 28||April 30 |
|Summer||Dec 1 - Jan 31||June 30 ||August 31|
|Winter||Apr 1 - May 31||October 31||December 31|
NOTE: Although outside of the process, you must have signed and sent a declaration of suitability to the IfL in order to be able to complete the Professional Formation process. Ideally you should do this as part of stage one (a link is available within this process to assist you).
From the first research and development phase of professional formation, the following recommendations emerged:
With regard to personalised elements, it would be important to find an appropriate balance between narrative and supporting evidence. It would not be sufficient to provide only one aspect of this – both are required.
This raised questions of word length and it was agreed that this is something which individuals should use their own judgment in making decisions about, as it might be easy to meet word requirements but not say anything worthwhile in doing so.
Similarly, in some cases there might be a need for more narrative and less for supporting evidence, while in others this need might be reversed and so it was decided that word length on its own was not sufficient in securing successful outcomes; clear rationale and justification in making choices about word length would demonstrate a thoughtful approach underpinning a professional attitude. In each section, word lengths might vary from between 100 – 300 words, but this is not prescriptive; more important is an appropriate balance between narrative and supporting evidence.
Part of the process of managing word lengths and the volume of material scanned in, would be for applicants to be selective and to cross reference narrative to the same supporting evidence, reducing the necessity of submitting evidence that might not really be relevant to the application. In some case, ‘less is more’ might be a helpful approach.
- There were some difficulties with reading scanned material, either because of the size of the print or the angle at which it was displayed, so that attention should be paid to file sizes and ensuring whatever had been scanned was actually legible.
Please see the documents below which can be downloaded to your own machine and used to help you plan your professional formation application. Guidance is available for members using REfLECT classic and REfLECT+
Please note: If you are completing your professional formation application in the winter cycle (due by 31 October 2013), please refer to the REfLECT classic resources below.
Those expressing their intent to complete professional formation in the spring cycle (applications due by 31 December 2013), will be able to use REfLECT+.
Completing your professional formation workbook (video, running time 10:37)
Professional formation and getting the most out of REfLECT+ (webinar, running time 60 minutes)
Professional formation planner REfLECT+ (MS word)
Professional formation - how to add the supporting statement (PDF)
Professional formation planner (MS Word)
Professional formation checklist (MS Word)
You can contact the professional formation team by email at:
or by calling