A chance to recharge our batteries after a hectic year
“Is it that time of year again already?”is widely heard as we approach December. As John Lewis’ ‘bear and hare’ Christmas advertising appeared, I couldn’t help but wonder, where 2013 had gone and was sorely tempted to follow the bear’s lead and take a nap. For many, this is the end of the busiest time of year. 2013 also seems to have brought its share of changes to the sector including: the closure of the Learning and Skills Service (LSIS) and the establishment an FE guild, now called the Education and Training Foundation.
It also saw the revocation of teaching regulations in September, despite protests from IfL and others across the sector over the implications for FE teaching and learning. However, there was an early Christmas present from shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt MP who said at November’s Association of Colleges conference that a future Labour government would insist on college teachers being qualified. Your continued support and voice is vital in allowing IfL to continue to make the case for our profession, especially as parties turn their attentions to election manifestos in 2014, ahead of the 2015 general election.
2014 will see the launch of a new IfL website. We have also recently launched IfL ‘InTuition Live’ webinars with accessible CPD tips that you can access online at any time by logging in to the IfL website.
We are eager to hear your views as part of our annual InTuition reader survey. Please complete and return the enclosed survey or complete the survey online at www.ifl.ac.uk/intuitionsurvey (this survey is now closed).
Each response received by Monday 13 January 2014, will be entered into a prize draw, the five winners of which will receive a copy of a publication recently reviewed in InTuition. On behalf of all of us at IfL, I hope you have a very happy andhealthy festive season and wish you all the best for the New Year. Try to get that nap in as well if you can.
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