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Professionalising the workforce in Further Education

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The Government is seeking your views on teacher training and continuing professional development in the FE sector

‘A fully qualified and trained workforce in Further Education (FE), one of the main requirements of last month’s FE White paper, came a step closer today, as key measures were put to consultation with staff and partner organisations in the Lifelong Learning sector by Minister for Lifelong Learning Further and Higher Education, Bill Rammell.

The Government’s Success for All programme for FE reform in 2002 set out to create a fully qualified workforce by 2010. The White Paper, with its sweeping programme of reform builds on this. Workforce reform is central to the aim to drive up the quality of teaching, reward Colleges for success and make the sector more responsive to the needs of individuals and employers.

The Government is seeking views on the implementation of:

* New ‘Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills’ (QLTS) status, which comes into effect from 2007. How would QLTS improve recruitment and how would a probationary period work?
* Qualifications for newly appointed Principals of FE colleges. How could this be promoted to attract people into the sector and staff into Principal’s posts, and how could greater equality and diversity in leadership be encouraged to strengthen the sector?
* Mandatory continuing professional development requirements (CPD). How could methods for ensuring compliance guarantee effective implementation of a CPD requirement and what are the best arrangements for part-time staff?’

The consultation will run until 4th July 2006. The consultation document and response form can be found at

2. The 3 year reform document: Equipping our Teachers for the Future: Reforming Initial Teacher Training for the Learning and Skills Sector was launched by Ministers in November 2004. It is available from DfES Publications on 0845 602 2260, quoting ref. ITT Reform 1, or via the website at:


Source: DfES


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