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ETF launches free Prevent Duty online resources for learners

The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has launched Side by Side, a free online Prevent duty awareness course for learners, funded by the Department for Education (DfE). The Foundation has also announced an autumn programme of free events across the country for teachers, trainers and sector professionals. Their aim is to showcase the courses to provider organisations and discuss how the resources can be used most effectively with learners to support work on Prevent and extremism.

New research published into career progression trends in Further Education

The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) and its membership body, the Society for Education and Training (SET) have published a report exploring career progression within the Further Education and Training sector.

Education and Training Foundation launches Advanced Teacher Status

The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has today launched Advanced Teacher Status (ATS) for teachers and trainers. This is a further step cementing the role of the ETF in improving and championing the quality of the sector’s teaching and training profession, critical to achieving the vision for a world-class technical and vocational education system set out by the Department for Education (DfE).   The new status recognises experienced professionals who can demonstrate: ·                     mastery in teaching and/or training ·                     an exemplary degree of subject knowledge in their area of professional expertise ·                     effectiveness in working collaboratively to improve teaching standards amongst their peers or within their organisation. The launch of Advanced Teacher Status follows extensive research with members of the Society for Education and Training (SET), as well as stakeholders across the FE and Training sector and the DfE. Members expressed how, following the achievement of their Qualified Teaching Learning and Skills (QTLS), they wanted to be able to aspire and develop towards a nationally-recognised badge of enhanced professional expertise.   The ETF will be responsible for the accreditation and management of the status through SET. The first, select cohort of up to 50 ATS candidates will be recruited during the summer to start in October 2017. Further cohorts will start during 2018, with the aim of growing the number of applicants in subsequent years as the status becomes increasingly well established in the sector.   The ETF is working in close partnership with the Chartered College of Teaching to ensure holders of ATS will be conferred Chartered Teacher Status, once the College has launched this within the schools sector. This will further cement parity of professional status between those teaching and training across all educational contexts.   David Russell, Chief Executive of the Education and Training Foundation, said: “This is a landmark moment for the further education and training profession. “Excellence is found all around the world in very diverse education systems. But one thing that they have in common is a respect and recognition for the Master Teacher, who has developed deep expertise in both the theory and practice of teaching.  In our context of FE that expertise must encompass dual professionalism – mastery both of subject or occupational field and of teaching. “Gaining Advanced Teacher Status will be a deserved and highly sought after badge of recognition for experienced teachers and trainers who continually demonstrate a high level of expertise and effectiveness, and are willing to spread their positive influence within or beyond their organisation through collaboration and practice-based research. “Parity of status for those teaching and training across the whole education sector is also important. We are very pleased that FE will be the first sector in education to develop a route to Chartered Teacher Status.”    To be awarded ATS, a teacher or trainer must be a SET member, have held QTLS for at least one year and must have been qualified as a teacher for at least four years. It is designed for professionals teaching post-14 learners in all possible settings, including FE colleges, adult and community learning, work-based learning, employers, schools, offender learning settings and more.   To achieve ATS, teacher and trainers will build supporting evidence over a minimum of nine months or one academic year, proving how they have reached mastery level in:  ·         reflecting on their practice to improve their teaching and learning ·         building collaborative relationships with colleagues and learners ·         maintaining and updating subject knowledge and educational research ·         applying understanding of effective practice in teaching and learning ·         evaluating practice and assessing its impact ·         collaborating with employers, where applicable ·         contributing to organisational development. The fee will be £750, however, for the first cohort, this will be significantly reduced to £250. This reflects the level of engagement and feedback we are seeking from these initial candidates to help us finesse the ATS process for future intakes. About the Education and Training Foundation: The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) was established in October 2013 and is the Government-backed, sector-owned national support body for the Further Education and Training sector. The charity works with teachers, trainers, leaders and employers to help them deliver excellent further and vocational education and training. This includes through setting professional standards, workforce development, supporting sector change and providing data and research. The ETF’s membership body is the Society for Education and Training

Toni Fazaeli to retire as IfL CEO

Toni Fazaeli has announced plans to retire as chief executive of the Institute for Learning (IfL) after six years in the role.

Annual workforce report highlights level of qualifications for Further Education teachers and trainers

The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has today published its annual “Workforce Data Report 2015/16“, (previously known as the Staff Individualised Record data report) highlighting trends in staffing numbers, pay and demographics across all provider types in the English Further Education (FE) and Training sector. This report also forms part of ETF’s SIR Data Insights service which is a free decision-making tool offering data dashboards and benchmark comparisons.

IfL congratulates New Year honour members

The Institute for Learning (IfL) has congratulated its members who have been recognised in the 2011 New Year honours list.

IfL reveals Advisory Council election results

Results for the Institute for Learning's (IfL) new Advisory Council were announced today, reflecting the changes and scope of the independent professional body for teachers and trainers across FE and skills."I am delighted to congratulate and welcome the newly elected members of our new Advisory Council, which will be in place from January 2010," commented IfL's chair, Sue Crowley."Our new governance structure allows increased member representation and a greater focus on policy matters. It also gives membership to partner organisations, selected to cover the diversity of the further education and skills sector."The council is made up of three categories:

IfL deputy honoured by Duke of Edinburgh

The deputy chief executive of the Institute for Learning (IfL), Lee Davies, was recognised for his outstanding contribution to vocational training and development by the Duke of Edinburgh yesterday.

IfL outlines five-year plan

The Council of the Institute for Learning (IfL) has announced its first five-year strategy after a period of consultation with its members.

IfL publishes its first member survey

The Institute for Learning (IfL) has published its first member survey to learn more about how members viewed its progress, and develop an understanding of what they valued and their requirements. Almost 6,500 members completed the survey during summer 2008, however it was revealed that most had not been with the IfL for long enough to benefit from their membership. This was reflected in figures that showed many members did not seem to be well informed about the benefits to which they were entilted. Toni Fazaeli, IfL's chief executive, said: "Listening and responding to members is at the heart of our work, and these findings will help us build on our successes, develop membership benefits, refine our communications with members and improve the way we work. Some have suggested it is courageous to ask for members' views so early in their membership and to make the findings public. I agree. "IfL is, and should be, bold on behalf of its members. As a member-led body, we are determined to listen to members so that we understand and can respond to the needs of the professional teachers, trainers and assessors who serve some five million learners across the further education and skills sector. "The survey findings are already informing our policy and advisory work, and feeding into our five-year strategic plan. We will carry out regular surveys to help build our understanding of the views of practitioners, and measure our progress as their professional body. "We have grown very quickly as an organisation, and this survey has highlighted aspects of our service that clearly need further work. We take members' feedback seriously and have already started making improvements in a number of areas. Examples include improved telephone and helpline services and more training for members in the use of REfLECT, our online personal space for planning and reflecting on professional development." When asked about their main reason for joining the professional body for teachers, tutors, trainers and student teachers in the learning and skills sector, nearly half of respondents chose 'employer requirement' from the list of options offered. Government regulations accounted for 28 per cent, professional status 13 per cent and professional development eight per cent. However, a much higher proportion of respondents cited professional status, professional development, membership benefits and networking opportunities as contributory factors when asked about other factors that influenced their decision to register. Ms Fazaeli continued: "We can already see signs that members are moving from feeling they had to join to seeing the potential benefits of having their own professional body and getting valued services. We want to offer more benefits that members value; we want to help raise the status of teachers and trainers across FE and skills; and we want their voice to influence policy. "I have just returned from a series of café discussions with members around the country, who confirmed their real commitment to having a professional body with universal membership of practitioners across FE and skills. There is a growing sense of pride in their profession, the FE sector, and being a member of IfL."

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