Help your trainees to prepare for professional life beyond their studies by sharing the importance of ongoing continued professional development to support their career progression.
The Ofsted Inspection handbook for ITE providers (2022) states: “When trainees complete their training, they are aware of their professional strengths and areas for improvement. FES trainees understand that they have the option to achieve QTLS through the professional formation process.”
The information on this page is designed to help support ITEs looking to encourage their students to become SET members. It focuses on:
To support trainee teachers throughout their ITE and beyond to QTLS, SET offers your trainees a student membership, which is free throughout the duration of their studies. On successful completion of the ITE at level 5, students can upgrade to full membership with the post-nominal MSET. Full membership is required before individuals can embark on QTLS (further eligibility criteria apply).
We have a range of benefits and services aimed at supporting trainee teachers including:
A member of the SET team would be delighted to meet with your students at the beginning of the ITE programme (in person or online) to discuss the rationale for joining SET as their career partner for life. We can also supply you with some hard-copy collateral for distribution, including back issues of inTuition magazine. Please contact us at email@example.com to discuss your requirements further.
SET can also support ITE providers to raise awareness of the Professional Formation programme and the process of gaining professional recognition through QTLS. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire about booking a speaker to meet your trainees (either in person or online) or book directly with a member of the Professional Status team.
We also have the following resources available to share with your trainees:
From Sept 2024 onwards, Further Education ITE courses are planned to change. These new courses will be mapped to and assessed against a new FES Occupational Standard published by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, like the already available Learning Skills Teacher apprenticeship. The Framework for the new Diploma in Teaching [FE & Skills] positions the ETF’s Professional Standards in stating that they “are important in supporting a teacher’s post qualification career development especially their CPD”. It is therefore important that trainees are made aware of them as early as possible in their career journey.
The grid below gives details on which Standards ITE institutions should be using:
(If this grid fails to display fully - you can view the same information on the Education and Training Foundation page on the professional standards.)
|ITE Provision||Standards Referenced Against||Implications|
|Trainees who started an ITE course before Sept 2022||2014 Professional Standards||No change to the Standards trainees are asked to evidence. Courses continue with the Standards they started with.|
|Trainees starting a new ITE course from Sept 2022||Updated 2022 Professional Standards||The revisions are still closely linked to the original 2014 versions, so we do not anticipate ITE providers having to significantly rework their courses.|
|Trainees starting a new ITE course from Sept 2024||New Occupational Standard||ITE courses will be mapped to and assessed against the new Occupational Standard. From Sept 2023, the Professional Standards will be aimed at supporting teachers and trainers who have gained their ITE qualification to support their ongoing CPD.|
Introducing trainees to the Professional Standards during the programme will prepare them for working in the FE and training sector.
If you have (30+) trainee teachers self-assess against the Professional Standards, you can request an organisation summary report, which can be used to inform future programme delivery and career guidance.
Students can self-assess where they currently are against the standards using our Self-Assessment tool. The tool is freely available to all teachers/trainers.
The ETF has designed a pack of Professional Standards activity cards to enable and facilitate conversations between teachers and trainers about the Professional Standards. These activity cards will help open discussions with your trainees about professional development and how they excel in their teaching practice.