Using the left hand browse menu you can access a wide range of resources that have been tagged to the individual QTS standards. Below are some key resources which should be helpful in giving an introduction to the QTS standards.
The standards for the award of QTS are outcome statements that set out what a trainee teacher must know, understand and be able to do to be awarded QTS. They were developed by the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) through a process of public consultation that included the review and development of core, post-threshold, advanced skills teacher and excellent teacher standards. The full suite of standards is available at www.tda.gov.uk/standards.
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A range of stakeholders including accredited ITT providers and schools made a substantial contribution to the development of the new QTS standards. The consultation was informed by a changing education landscape. Every Child Matters, personalised learning, 14-19 reform, new professionalism, new equality duties and workforce reform have all guided the development of the standards.
The QTS standards apply to all trainee teachers, whatever route they take to QTS. They allow providers autonomy in deciding how they will organise their training and respond to the training needs of individual trainee teachers. They do not set a curriculum, nor do they specify how training should be designed or managed.
The revised QTS standards give ITT providers increased flexibility in the way they design their programmes, and encourage the use of professional judgement in the assessment of trainees. Many of the standards are inter-related, and single assessment opportunities will produce evidence for several different standards. For further information relating to the QTS standards and ITT requirements visit the TDA website at www.tda.gov.uk/qts.