Barnfield College is thrilled to announce one of its longstanding members of staff is one of a select cohort of education professionals to be awarded Advanced Teacher Status (ATS) from the Education and Training Foundation (ETF)
Centre Leader for Barnfield’s Cert Ed/PGCE programme Elaine Battams has been teaching in the post-compulsory sector for over 20 years, and is now one of just 19 professionals in the UK to secure ATS status – a badge of advanced professionalism and mastery in further education and training.
The ATS scheme, which is equivalent to a Level 7 qualification offers further development from Qualified Teaching Learning and Skills status recognising three key attributes – mastery in teaching and training, an exemplary level of subject knowledge in a chosen area of expertise and effectiveness in working collaboratively to improve teaching standards amongst an organisation.
Within the prestigious first cohort of ATS, Elaine now has a new nationally recognised qualification – a deserved and highly sought-after badge of recognition for advanced teachers and trainers in education. She is also able to proudly claim Chartered Teacher Status.
Launched in June 2017, over 50 entered the programme which required professionals to document their learning journey as underpinned by the ETF’s 20 Professional Standards. The programme is constructed of four phases – assessment of current practice, developing an action plan to develop practice, development activities and implementing change via a critical reflection and action research.
With an extensive career in Childcare and Early Years with a particular interest in Safeguarding, Elaine continues to teach on Higher Education programmes in Child Health and Social Care at Barnfield College in addition to her role as Course Manager for Teacher Training and as Advanced Learning Practitioner. This latest ATS accolade builds on her BA (Hons) in Post Compulsory Education, MSc in Child Protection and QTLS status within the college.
Barnfield College’s Director of Teaching Learning and Assessment Lisa Milligan said: “Elaine’s achievement is a true testament to her hard work, expertise and professionalism in her career and is well deserved. Undertaking ATS provides a unique opportunity to showcase not only an individual’s excellent knowledge, skills and practice, but demonstrates a commitment to developing others and influencing change. We are very proud of her achievements.”