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Trainers Back Plans for Qualified Teacher Status


Moves to integrate the lifelong learning sector around a new framework of occupational standards and qualifications are said to have been largely welcomed.

More than 300 teachers, tutors and trainers along with employer representatives and other stakeholders who attended workshops organised by Lifelong Learning UK (LLUK), backed changes that will eventually lead to new staff working towards Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status.

The workshops, held in five English cities during June and July, discussed the make-up of professional standards that will help to bring together training for teachers, trainers and tutors in further education, work-based learning and adult and community education.

Draft standards will be published this autumn and new qualifications piloted from 2006. The qualifications framework is due to operate from September 2007.

LLUK's Monica Deasy, said the 'strategic dialogue' had shown strong support for the new standards and for integrated qualifications. "Feedback was very positive," she said. "It is clear that employers and staff groups across the sector want a more flexible and interconnected qualifications structure."

The reform of initial teacher training for post-16 staff was outlined last year in the Department for Education and Skills consultation document 'Equipping our Teachers for the Future'.

LLUK's John Clossick said that the workshops, which were also attended by representatives from about 30 higher education institutions, showed people were aware of the complexity of trying to bring together such a diverse sector.

"The new over-arching standards and the subsequent qualifications framework will affect a huge number of people. What was evident was a shared concern to ensure staff are equipped with the very latest skills and development opportunities," he added.


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