Earlier this year, Gloucestershire College’s Lecturer of Accountancy (AAT), Michael Hackman (FSET C-Teach), was awarded Advanced Teacher Status (ATS) through the demonstration of mastery in teaching and outstanding commitment to his profession.
A deserved and highly sought-after recognition, Advanced Teacher Status is a qualification designed by The Society of Education and Training (SET) who are a Further Education professional body. They created the ATS qualification as a way of demonstrating advanced professionalism and mastery in teaching within Further Education and to help raise the standards of teaching in the sector.
Speaking to Michael the team at Gloucestershire College share more about his amazing achievement…
What’s your role at Gloucestershire College?
I deliver professional courses for AAT at Level 2 & 3 for both apprentices and professionals, looking to progress in their career and I’m a guest lecturer for the Level 5 CMI Diploma in Leadership and Management at the College. I have been with Gloucestershire College for almost two years.
I’ve previously worked as a Finance Manager, managing the accounts team of a multi-million-pound turnover business. Whilst teaching I have maintained my professional knowledge of accountancy by helping start-up businesses with their business plans and then providing ongoing advice to ensure financial success.
Can you tell us more about your amazing achievement?
Just over 100 members of The Society of Education and Training (SET) have been awarded Advanced Teacher Status since it began in 2017. I feel proud to be amongst some of the first teachers to hold this status.
The course was focused on creating a portfolio of work mapped to the SET professional teaching standards. It involved assessing my current practice, self-development, CPD, mentoring, a research project and the study of using technology in the classroom.
Over the summer I was made a Fellow of The Society of Education and Training, and then at graduation, I will be conferred with Chartered Teacher Status.
It’s been a very busy year, and what a ride! I’m light-years away from where I was this time last year as a teacher.
You’re clearly very passionate about teaching. Is that why you chose to embark on such a challenging programme?
Absolutely! Also for my own self development. I’ve been teaching for over seven years now so when I found the programme I thought it would be a brilliant opportunity to build my network of peers and develop my teaching understanding and methods.
What does Advanced Teacher Status mean for you and your future?
For me, it’s a sign of my own commitment to teaching and my determination to offer our students the absolute best.
Enable new and existing employees to gain their accountancy qualifications with the College’s AAT programmes, delivered as part time courses or apprenticeships.
Michael is part of the teaching team at Gloucestershire College that offer a range of accountancy courses accredited by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT). Whether your employees are looking to gain basic accountancy skills, or become an accounting technician or a fully qualified chartered accountant, they are in safe hands with Gloucestershire College. Shortlisted by AAT as their Large Provider of the Year 2019, the college has great success rates for their apprentices and students.
The next accountancy courses starting in January 2021. Find our more information on their website here.
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