InTuition - summer 2012, issue 9

InTuition - summer 2012, issue 9

IfL to seek chartered status for the FE teaching profession

Lord Lingfield’s interim report on the independent review of professionalism in the further education  and skills sector sparked a very strong reaction from many IfL members.

Based on your views that teacher qualifications should be a national requirement, IfL has now submitted its response to the consultation on Lingfield’s proposed revocation of regulations relating to initial teacher training and qualifications for FE teachers and trainers.

You have also been asking about IfL’s future. Toni Fazaeli, chief executive, has confirmed that IfL is going forward – whether regulations stay or go – and that IfL’s elected board has decided this and that IfL should seek chartered status for your teaching profession.

In light of this, it is entirely appropriate that this issue of InTuition looks at initial teacher training (ITT) and professionalism. Sue Jones and Ian Nash report on the issues around ITT and the experiences of teachers and trainers. Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the Royal Society of Arts, examines the implications of Lingfield for FE professionalism. Meanwhile, regular columnist Geoff Petty applies some City logic to the question of how much teachers and trainers are worth.

You will notice too that, in response to member feedback, we have beefed up our content relating to professional practice and development by incorporating CPD Matters into the magazine from pages 15 to 22. Our priority is to develop the range of benefits and support offered to individual members over the years ahead. Look out for your next InTuition in September and, as always, let us know what you think at www.ifl.ac.uk/intuitionsurvey (this survey is now closed).

Marie Ashton
Managing Editor
InTuition

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