InTuition - autumn 2012, issue 10

InTuition - autumn 2012, issue 10

Proposals for FE guild are just one of many autumnal changes

Whether September represents the start of a new academic year for you, or business as usual, there always seems to be a lot going on at this time of year. For example, a cabinet reshuffle brought changes and IfL paid tribute to John Hayes, the former minister for further education, skills and lifelong learning, who supported IfL’s successful campaign to ensure that members with Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status are recognised as equal to those with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). But what is it like to move from FE to teaching in a school?.

IfL is looking forward to working with the new minister for skills, Matthew Hancock, as he assesses proposals for a new FE guild. Our story underlines IfL’s support for the guild and outlines some of the regulatory changes in relation to IfL that also take place this autumn.

Understanding and supporting brilliant teaching and learning across the breadth of the FE and skills sector is central to the work of IfL and a primary aim of InTuition. Work-based learning features prominently in this issue with an insight into training in Switzerland and looks at the role of trade union learning representatives further on.

We have been overwhelmed by your positive and constructive feedback on InTuition over recent months. This is just the beginning of what we hope will be more frequent dialogue between you and your professional body. Please do take the time to complete our reader survey and let us know what you think (this survey has now closed).

Each survey response received by 19 October2012 will be entered into a prize draw, the five winners of which will receive a copy of a publication recently reviewed in InTuition. We are also looking to conduct InTuition focus groups across England during the autumn. If you are interested in participating, please contact us at

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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