InTuition - spring 2013, issue 12

InTuition - spring 2013, issue 12

Spring clean your career with support and services from IfL

It will come as no surprise that the feedback we receive from members, via surveys and consultations, on the phone, or in person, regularly returns to the common themes of the desire for greater recognition, a need for support in professional practice and the ambition to achieve the best possible outcome for learners. This edition covers many of these issues, as well as hopefully stimulating further debate and discussion among members.

In our interview, Helena Kennedy QC emphasises the importance of a professionalised practitioner workforce. As IfL’s newest patron, Baroness Kennedy will be an advocate for teachers and trainers and their status within the sector.

The professional status of Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) is important to many members. In our cover story, former teaching assistants Kathy Callaghan and Angela Wellington talk about how QTLS has helped their careers.

As the professional body for teachers and trainers, IfL also seeks to discuss the difficult issues in FE. And issues do not come much more awkward than last year’s highly critical report on learning and skills from the chief inspector of Ofsted. Nick Reinis explores this charged debate.

A year on from the re-launch of InTuitio nto include more of the news, views and practical information you wanted, we are continuing to develop new benefits and services for members. As part of this I am pleased to announce the launch of IfL’s new jobs board. Tailored to the needs of teachers and trainers in FE and skills, the service aims to support you in your career. Take a look and let us know what you think [IfL's jobs board has now closed -ed].

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. And, if you have not done so already, please don’t forget to renew your IfL membership by 1 April 2013.

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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