Equivalence of QTLS and QTS
Since 1 April 2012, Society for Education and Training (SET), formerly the Institute for Learning (IfL), members with Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status have been recognised as qualified to teach in schools.
Statutory instrument 2012 No. 431, which was laid in parliament on 9 March 2012, amended the 2003 regulations so that holders of QTLS who are SET members may be appointed to permanent positions as qualified teachers, without any further induction requirements.
Schools and local authorities remain responsible for decisions on employing QTLS holders, and SET maintains the national register of QTLS holders, including those teaching in schools.
You can find further guidance on these changes on the Gov.uk website.
The government confirmed that they would recognise as qualified to teach in schools:
teachers in further education who have been awarded Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status by the Institute for Learning (now the Society for Education and Training) and are members of the Society for Education and Training.
teachers who are recognised as fully qualified teachers in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA.
The law needed to be changed to enable this and the changes to the regulations were laid in parliament and came into force on 1 April 2012.
The regulations laid also amend the Education (School Teachers’ Appraisal) (England) Regulations 2012, and came into force in September 2012. The amendment gives schools greater flexibility to choose the standards against which they wish to assess the performance of QTLS holders. QTLS teachers, unlike other teachers, don’t have to be assessed against the Teachers’ Standards.