InTuition - winter 2012, issue 11

InTuition - winter 2012, issue 11

Celebrating a decade of brilliant teaching and commitment

There is much to reflect upon from the events and achievements 2012. In IfL’s 10th year, the organisation has come full circle, returning to its roots as an independent, voluntary, professional body.

Last month, a gathering with some of IfL’s founder members was held at the House of Commons. Listening to the discussions at the event, there was so much passion and commitment to teaching and learning as well as the status of the profession and FE and skills.

As the professional body for the sector, we see many examples of the passion that underpins brilliant teaching and, while there are many challenges, there are also many positives that should be recognised and celebrated.

In this edition we take stock of, and celebrate, the contribution of part-time teachers and trainers. Some 40 per cent of IfL members work part time and these individuals are essential to the success of the sector.

The annual Ofsted chief inspector’s report has hit all education sectors hard, Matthew Coffey, national director for learning and skills at Ofsted, writes about the positive impact of collaborative working and CPD and their importance.

The impact of excellent teaching on learning is explored further in Geoff Petty’s insightful interview with John Hattie, whose exhaustive quantitative analyses of the effects of teaching practices on learner outcomes challenge many educational orthodoxies.

IfL continues to work as a key partner to the new FE Guild,along with other partners such as Niace, the 157 group and trade unions. We will keep members updated.

Please continue to share your thoughts by emailing me at, sharing on Twitter using #IfL_InTuition or on IfL’s LinkedIn group where I hope we can discuss some of the issues raised in this edition. Finally, on behalf of all of us at IfL, I would like to wish you all the very best for the festive season and the new year.

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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