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Becoming an AST

Discussion in 'NQTs and new teachers' started by ttxes12, Jan 7, 2012.

  1. ttxes12

    ttxes12 New commenter


    I am in my NQT year and i have been considering where i would like to go with my career in teaching and i have decided after being to several teaching and learning training events that this could possibly be the career path for me. I was wondering how you can become an AST? I know i need a portfolio and experience but what needs to go into this portfolio???
  2. DM

    DM New commenter

    You should read this:
  3. fantastischfish

    fantastischfish Established commenter

    AST status won't be around very much longer. I wouldn't bother.
  4. fantastischfish

    fantastischfish Established commenter

    Particularly this bit:

    <font size="3">There should be no expectation that consistently excellent practice can only be identified in teachers who have accrued a particular &ndash; arbitrarily determined &ndash; length of service. The Review is therefore recommending that the Master Teacher Standard should be available to all excellent teachers, regardless of the length of time they have been qualified.
    Although the Review is not remitted to make any recommendations relating to teachers&rsquo; pay, it is observed that in proposing the Master Teacher Standard, the Review has no expectation that the standard should be directly linked to pay.
  5. fantastischfish

    fantastischfish Established commenter

    And this:
    <u></u><font size="3"></font><font size="3" face="Arial,Arial"></font>
    <font size="3" face="Arial,Arial">R1: The existing Post-Threshold, Excellent Teacher, and Advanced Skills Teacher standards should be discontinued as standards.
    R2: There should be a new higher-level standard introduced which builds on the new Teachers&rsquo; Standards. This should be called the "Master Teacher Standard"; the proposed standard is presented with this report.
  6. Hi,
    I can let you know the messages that we, at the National Assessment Agency for ASTs and ETs, are giving to ASTs:
    1. The new Professional Standards for Teachers which replace QTS and Core Standards are coming into effect on 1 Sep 2012.
    2. The Review Body has recommended that the Standards for Post-Threshold, ET and AST be removed and replaced with the Master Teacher Standard. This has been approved in principle, however the government will now need to consult the Pay Review Body about the implications of this, and no dates or timescales have been agreed or released for this consultation yet. We would suggest that this consultation won't be complete until at least Sep 2012, and any recommendations and proposals coming from it won't come into effect until 2012. We have not had any confirmation from the DfE as regards timings.
    3. The Master Teacher Standard is a set of aspirational statements describing the features of an excellent teacher. It is not a set of standards to be reached, and is not recommended to be linked to pay.
    4. Although the AST standards are likely to go, the future for the role has not yet been discussed and decided. Whatever the future of the role, there will still be a need for recognised excellent practitioners supporting other teachers. The SLE designation is now also in place, created by Teaching School Alliances, but crucially this post has been designed to sit alongside ASTs - in teaching school alliances SLEs are destined to provide management and leadership peer-support and improvement, while ASTs can provide teaching and learning support and improvement.
    5. We are still assessing new ASTs in schools nationwide as their headteachers and LA Co-ordinators continue to support outstanding teachers to be recognised as reaching the highest standards, and use their skills within their own schools and networks. Many LAs have retained their funding for ASTs, and this continues until March 2013. Schools also continue to fund their own ASTs as it is still a good option for retaining great teachers in the school and providing them with career development. Some schools 'sell' or broker the services of their ASTs, rather like a consultant.
    Whatever emerges from these changes over the next few years, going through the rigorous external assessment to be recognised as an AST will still stand you in good stead. Headteachers, particularly of Teaching School Alliances, will be looking for the skills you have proven to have as an AST. And don't forget, once you're on the AST payspine, you're likely to have pay protection for 3 years.
    If you want to keep up to date with what's happening, please email ASTVoice@babcock.co.uk to join the newsletter mailing list.
    Hope that's helpful!
  7. Hi,
    My school have recently taken me on as an AST to start Sept 2012 and all this has been approved in terms of contract and pay etc. I am in the process of completing the file of evidence and offical application form. Any ideas as to what will happen now, do I still complete them and have the offical assessment day or will this not take place anymore?
  8. If it's an academy or other non-LA school then they can still create AST roles as I understand it.
  9. Completing the AST application form- does anyone know how many pieces of evidence per standard is appropriate? Many thanks.

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