InTuition - summer 2014, issue 17

InTuition - summer 2014, issue 17

Let’s celebrate the vital work of all our teachers and trainers

This edition features a few different faces – and some you may recognise. Dr Jean Kelly, who you may be familiar with from CPD Matters, was appointed IfL’s chief executive in the spring, following Toni Fazaeli’s retirement. You can read about Jean’s vision for IfL and the teaching profession.

Also new this month is our policy column, ‘Shane explains’, where policy officer Shane Chowen gives an overview of the latest policy updates that have an impact on FE and skills. You can read Shane’s policy news in more detail on the IfL website under Our work. Then, there’s Stephen Drew of Educating Essex and Mr Drew’s school for boys fame, who adds his views to the qualified teacher debate.

We also look at the new professional standards for teachers and trainers in FE and skills, which were launched in May. Alan Thomson reviews the standards and what impact they will have on teachers and trainers. We’ll be asking you how you are applying the standards to your professional practice in the coming months.

Finally, congratulations to two teachers who have recently been recognised in awards supported by IfL. While there are many awards in FE and skills, IfL believes that there aren’t enough that celebrate the vital work undertaken by teachers and trainers. You can read about Katy Graham, the winner of the inaugural VQ Newly Qualified FE Teacher of the Year Award, sponsored by IfL. Katy, along with finalists Lee Elgy and Paul Blakemore MIfL QTLS were recognised at the VQ Awards event held in London in June.

Also, just this edition goes to print, congratulations to Robert Balmer MIfL QTLS, who has won the IfL category in this year’s Transforming Lives Awards, supported by IfL, Niace and NOCN as part of Adult Learners’ Week 2014. You can read more about Robert, who trains in the armed forces in the next edition.

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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