'For the sector, by the sector' is our ethos
As the end of the calendar year approaches, members and colleagues will be taking stock of their achievements over the past 12 months and, no doubt, some of the challenges that have been faced.
It's been just over a year since we inherited the IfL's legacy membership body, and about seven months since we relaunched as the Society for Education and Training (SET). I am delighted with the progress we've made in supporting our members during this time.
One of the Society's most rewarding activities is to confer Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status. And I'm pleased to report that member demand for QTLS has rarely been higher, as our recent impact study reveals (see news p4).
Our members are at the heart of everything we do - from governance to delivery - and it is only by listening to you that we can continue to improve and offer the support and resources you want - where, when and how you want them delivered.
Membership is growing, with more than 13,000 practitioners and staff across the sector having joined or rejoined SET since March. I believe much of this is down to the quality and targeted nature of the support we offer - much of it jointly with the Education and Training Foundation and our sector partners.
Whether it is through our new CPD workshops - look out for more of these in the New Year (see p35) - or our website, through which members have access to growing amounts of information, webinars and research content, increasing numbers of practitioners are engaging with and helping to support their professional Society.
More than 300 members are signed up to our online communities and we hope many more will join in the coming year, making this a powerful, sector-owned, self-sustaining professional network. For the sector, by the sector, has become something of a mantra for all working in FE and the Society embraces that ethos wholeheartedly.
The coming months will be busy as, with your continued support, we deliver more support, resources, events, opportunities and benefit to you and your career. In the meantime, from me, the Society and QTLS team and all at InTuition, we wish you a happy and restful festive season. If you have any feedback on this edition, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director of Strategy, Quality and Research