InTuition - autumn 2013, issue 14

InTuition - autumn 2013, issue 14

An issue that’s packed with hard facts and inspiring stories

On a recent call to my sister in Australia, the chat turned to work. Christine is a teacher who works in a school for learners aged between three and 19 years with special educational needs. She talked about her own CPD, the complex challenges she faces and how she is supported through a committed focus to professional development being reinforced in Australia.

When I told her about the UK Government’s recent decision to remove the 2007 regulations requiring teachers and trainers in English FE institutions to gain a teaching qualifi cation, she was incensed. Christine made many of the same arguments put forward by thousands of IfL members and many trade unions.

As outlined in our revised strategy released earlier this year, IfL will not accept any moves to deprofessionalise teaching and training in the sector. This edition of InTuition focuses on the vital need to protect initial teacher training and professionally qualified teachers and trainers working in FE. The quality of learning and the reputation of the sector depends on having properly qualified teachers.

But it’s not all cold, hard facts. Our cover story about Cheryl Powell’s remarkable journey from a young woman bedevilled by circumstances to a grounded, professionally-qualified educator is both emotive and inspirational.

Finally, a quick reminder that nominations are now open until 2 October 2013 for 28 places on IfL’s Advisory Council. If you feel you could make a difference to IfL and would like to give something back to the profession, then you might want to consider standing for election. We are seeking as many nominations as possible from members who hold Fellow, Associate or Member grade status to stand and support IfL on a range of issues, including initial teacher training. Full details are available on the IfL website. As always, please send us your reactions, thoughts and feedback with us at Thank you for your continued support.

As your independent professional body, IfL is only as strong and influential as the support you give it. We welcome your thoughts on how IfL could be of greater support to you as a member. Contact us at or tweet us at @IfL_Members #IfL_InTuition.

As with every edition of InTuition, do keep in contact and let us know your thoughts on this edition at

Marie Ashton
Managing Editor

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