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IFL members with QTLS can now trach in schools
Easter 2012
From 1 April 2012, IfL members with Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) are recognised as qualified to teach in schools.
Government regulations and further guidance on these changes can be found on the Department for Education (DfE) website.
Schools and local authorities will remain responsible for decisions on employing QTLS holders, and IfL will maintain the national register of QTLS holders, including those teaching in schools.
IfL will continue to offer a national professional status in the future, as is usual for professional bodies.
IFL Review of Members CPD Launched for 2010-11
Thursday 1st Feburuy 2012

"CPD for the future: the networked professional" sets outto understand what kinds of CPD make a difference to teachers and trainers and their learners, identify the role IfL can play in supporting this and encourage the practice of sharing CPD outcomes.

This year’s CPD Review was based on a series of regional groups and local meetings where IfL members were able to share their CPD for the year.
The key recommendations of the Review are:
  • Sharing the outcomes of CPD is excellent CPD in itself
  • More planning time and more time for effective personalised and collaborative CPD is essential
  • CPD is vital to career development and readiness for new teaching and learning opportunities
  • The impact of CPD is insufficiently theorised or prioritised as this is ‘deep learning’ that affects a wide range of colleagues and learners
IFL - Brilliant teaching and training

Is a guide to effective continuing professional development (CPD) for teachers, trainers and leaders. The guide was produced by IfL and the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS), the sector body that supports the development of an excellent and sustainable further education (FE) provision. Read the guide
Education Act 2011
How much of it is already in force, and when the rest will come into force, is determined by section 82, to which readers should direct their attention. 
The DfE has a webpage on the Act and supporting documents (including, for those who are interested in these things, the Equality Impact Assessment) Read more
You can read and download a pdf copy of the Act from the website here
Concerns over funding for FE teacher training
Nov 7, 2011

Questions have been raised over the further education (FE) sector’s ability to attract experts into teaching in the face of proposed government reforms. Read more
Introducing you to the Level 3 award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS)
The CIEH has worked with LLUK and gained their endorsement for the Level 3 Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS). This qualification will help candidates to gain a threshold licence to practise as a teacher. This article explains more about why the qualification has been developed and what the course involves.
In 2002 the Department for Education and Skills published their strategy ‘Success for all: reforming further education and training – our vision for the future’ which triggered a consultation phase with the Government licensed Sector Skills Council (SSC), Lifelong Learning United Kingdom (LLUK), taking the lead to develop and ensure approval of occupational standards. The development of these standards represented a vital step in the construction of a new framework of qualifications for trainers and teachers in the publicly-funded sector.
In the White Paper Further education: raising skills, improving life chances, the Government pledged its commitment to introducing, from September 2007, a new initial ‘preparing to teach’ award. Units of learning, with clearly set out learning outcomes and assessment criteria that trainers and teachers have to achieve, were approved by LLUK and uploaded onto the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). Awarding organisations, including CIEH, have used these units to develop new Ofqual accredited teaching qualifications thus ensuring that all new teaching qualifications have common structures, content and credit levels.
It is intended that by 2010 all existing trainers and teachers working in the publicly-funded sector will have to hold a recognised teaching qualification – either a Certificate or Degree in Education or one of the new qualifications.
The CIEH has worked with LLUK, and gained their endorsement for a new qualification – the Level 3 Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS). This qualification will help candidates to gain a threshold licence to practise as a teacher.
The programme is ideal for:
  • those entering teaching
  • those already in service who need the minimum threshold status as a teacher within a FE College, adult and community learning centre, work-based learning or training organisations
  • environmental health practitioners and others wishing to register to deliver CIEH vocationally-related qualifications in the publicly-funded sector.
There are no formal entry requirements for candidates who want to take this qualification, however it is the centre’s responsibility to access, and keep a record, of a candidate’s suitability for the programme.
On achieving this qualification candidates may progress onto a Level 4 PTLLS, Level 3 or Level 4 Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (CTLLS) or the Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS) qualifications.
The CIEH Level 3 Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector introduces candidates to:
  • understanding their own role, responsibilities and boundaries of role in relation to teaching
  • understanding appropriate teaching and learning approaches within a specialist area
  • demonstrating their session planning skills – planning, delivering, observing and evaluating
  • a micro-teaching session
  • understanding how to deliver inclusive sessions that motivate learners
  • understanding the use of different assessment methods
  • understanding and analysing the need for accurate record keeping and procedures that can be adopted – including internal and external assessment information.
The training programme for the CIEH Level 3 PTLLS is designed to be delivered in 30 hours of teaching time, not including refreshment breaks, and revision and practice sessions, with an additional 30 hours for assimilation, consolidation and assignment planning, development and submission.
CIEH Level 3 Award in Teaching Skills and Practice (TSP)
Alongside the launch of the CIEH PTLLS qualification the CIEH are launching the new Level 3 Award in Teaching Skills and Practice (TSP) qualification, which will replace the popular CIEH Professional Trainer Certificate (PTC).
This qualification is aimed at those who want to develop practical training skills and will replace the PTC as the minimum requirement for anyone wishing to register to deliver CIEH qualifications in food safety, health and safety and environmental protection without public funding – for example, in the workplace.
Conversion programme
Candidates who have previously achieved the CIEH Professional Trainer Certificate (PTC) or the CIEH Level 3 Award in Teaching Skills and Practice (TSP), and have practised as a trainer in the interim, can have their prior learning accredited towards the CIEH Level 3 Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector qualification. They will need to provide a copy of their certificate and evidence of delivering at least one successful teaching/ training programme in the previous six months in order to enrol on the two-day PTLLS conversion programme.
For PTLLS there are three assignments that candidates need to complete. They are assessed on their competence in delivering and observing a 30-minute micro-teach session and are required to submit two further assignments – an outline of teachers’ responsibilities and a review of a teaching session. All three assignments must be passed for the candidate to receive the award.
For TSP there is one assignment – a 30-minute micro-teach session. Candidates undertaking the conversion programme will need complete the two written assignments – an outline of teachers’ responsibilities and a review of a teaching session.
Assignments will be first marked by the trainer before being submitted to CIEH for moderation. Centres should submit the complete set of candidate assessment record(s) and assignment(s) as a batch for results to be processed by CIEH. The assignments will be moderated and results and certificates will be sent to the centre in approximately eight weeks.
Should a candidate’s marks for any one assignment be moderated to a fail, the candidate will be referred and he/she will be allowed to re-submit the assignment within a two-month time period.
External verification
As PTLLS has one competency-based assessment, the CIEH has appointed a team of external verifiers who will periodically contact centres to arrange an external verification visit. They will carry out checks on a sample of courses throughout the year to ensure that the practical micro-teach session is conducted correctly and assessments are made to an appropriate standard.
Are the school reforms really going to improve education?
Under plans unveiled by Michael Gove last week, the school system in England and Wales will be radically overhauled. Some will break away from local government control. Elsewhere, other new schools will be created by parents. Here, experts discuss whether this shake-up will benefit those who matter most - our children. Read more
Employability application guide arrives
Lifelong Learning UK have produced this guide as an application of 'The New Overarching Professional Standards for Teachers, Tutors and Trainers in the Lifelong Learning Sector' and provides detail for the standards relating to employability. Read more