What is a QTS Check?
Our QTS checking service enables employers and potential employers to view the DfE (Department for Education) record of any teacher with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
Who needs a QTS check?
Anyone who wants to teach in a state-maintained school in England or Wales needs to gain QTS, (although academies can employ teachers without QTS if they believe they are suitably qualified. Individual academies will decide whether an individual without QTS is suitably qualified to be employed as a teacher.)
Although QTS is not mandatory in the independent sector, it is highly recommended and many choose to acquire it, because it gives portability across all sectors for teachers, and gives a consistent assessment of candidates’ qualifications.
What do QTS Checks show?
An employer or potential employer can view the record of any teacher with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) (with the exception of teachers who have achieved QTS through holding Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) or any teacher with an active restriction (including any teacher with QTLS to whom this applies), and any teacher who has been the subject of a decision by the Secretary of State not to impose a prohibition order following a determination by a professional conduct panel of unacceptable professional conduct, conduct that may bring the teaching profession into disrepute or conviction of a relevant offence).
It also provides access to separate lists of:
teachers who have been prohibited from teaching.
teachers who may be the subject of a suspension or conditional order imposed by the GTCE (prior to its abolition) that is still current.
teachers who have failed to successfully complete their induction or probation period.
Our QTS Checks result certificate will give the details as stated above.
Price and turnaround times
The cost of a QTS check for employers and potential employers is £10.00 (not including VAT).
The results of the QTS check will be usually be back to you within the same day if ordered before 2.30pm. The QTS Checks result is sent in an email with a certificate attached.
If you order a Fast Track QTS Check the result will be with you within just one hour! There is an additional cost of £2.50 plus VAT for this service.
APCS services for schools/local Authorities/recruitment agencies
At APCS we also provide the following services:
Online DBS Checks
Children’s Barred List Checks (formally List 99 Checks)
Section 128 Checks
Fully managed single central record (all data is automatically downloaded) – Why enter the data twice?
If you are interested in all your checks being carried out quickly, competitively, and by a single source, contact APCS today on 0845 64311445. We provide recruitment vetting services to over 10,000 organisations across the UK.
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