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FE sector’s views on teacher training qualifications released

The findings report from Phase Two of the review of further education teacher and training qualifications has been released (Monday 7 January).

The report was published by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS), which was asked by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) to conduct a review of qualifications.
The report summarises over 350 responses from members of the FE and Skills sector, of which the majority of respondents supported the proposals to simplify the existing system of initial teacher training qualifications, including those for teachers of English, literacy, English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), mathematics, and those teaching disabled learners.

 The proposal document was launched on 15 October 2012, and for six weeks during October and November the sector was invited to give feedback on the proposed changes. These were developed by LSIS following considerable discussions with sector employers, universities, awarding organisations and other stakeholders.

Having reviewed the findings with its sector led project steering group, LSIS will now develop guidance for three generic initial teacher training  qualifications, including specialist route at Level 5 for those teaching English, mathematics and disabled learners, a Level 3 Award in Education and Training, a Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training, and a Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training.

The review of qualifications was recommended in the interim report from the Lingfield Review, the independent review of professionalism across the sector chaired by Lord Lingfield.
Following the release of the new findings report, LSIS is now working with awarding organisations and higher education institutions to develop the qualifications, with the expectation that they will be offered from September 2013.

Liz Walters Head of Qualifications and Skills at LSIS said: “We would like to take this opportunity to extend thanks to all those who have taken the time to take part in this phase of the review. We were encouraged by the number of responses received from all parts of the sector, and impressed by the thoughtfulness with which respondents have engaged with our proposals. With so many professionals across the FE and learning sector involved in the development of these qualifications, we are confident that they are truly sector designed and led.”

LSIS Chief Executive, Rob Wye, said: “This review has provided a real opportunity to work with the sector and members of the FE Guild for the benefit of FE teachers and trainers to develop qualifications that will meet the needs of employers and trainee teachers, and ultimately learners by supporting outstanding teaching and learning”.

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Notes to Editors

  1. LSIS was asked to conduct the review, following the interim report from the Lingfield Review independent review chaired by Lord Lingfield.
  2. The Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) is the sector-led body formed to accelerate quality improvement, increase participation and raise standards and achievement in the Further Education (FE) and Skills sector in England. LSIS is dedicated to working in partnership with all parts of the FE and Skills sector in order to build on the sector’s own capacity to design, commission and deliver improvement and strategic change as well as sustain self improvement. LSIS is responsible for developing and providing resources that help colleges and providers implement initiatives and improve quality. This is achieved by commissioning products and services, identifying and sharing good practice throughout the system, and providing tailored programmes of support.