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24 Sep 2012

LSIS to Review F.E Teaching Qualifications

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The aim of a review to be conducted by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) is aimed at simplifying teacher training qualifications (such as PTLLS, CTLLS, and DTLLS) within the Further Education (FE) and Skills sector.




The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has asked the Learning and Skills improvement Service (LSIS) to conduct the review, which is now underway. The review will be published before the Lingfield Commission’s final report on skills and qualifications within the Further Education (FE) and Skills sector.

The Lingfield Commission, chaired by Lord Lingfield, has been tasked with conducting an independent review of professionalism, which includes qualifications such as PTLLS, CTLLS, and DTLL, across the sector.

The interim report recommends that a review of the existing qualifications needs to be carried out. The report criticises the current system, which it describes as confusing. Another huge limitation of the current FE and lifelong learning sector qualification framework is that it doesn’t take into account previous professional experience, which is something that a lot of people completing PTLLS, CTLLS, and DTLLS have.

LSIS are currently setting up a project steering group that includes BIS and employer membership bodies. The steering group will be supported by experts form an advisory group including representatives from FE and higher education institutions, awarding bodies that offer PTLLS, CTLLS, and DTLLS qualifications and training centres who deliver the qualifications.

If you work in the lifelong learning sector, you too could contribute your thoughts when the review is opened up to the sector – help shape the future of FE teacher training qualifications. Through the LSIS website you’ll be able to contribute to forums, comment on updates, and provide your feedback. You can also attend a regional meeting or request a consultation pack. The review will be opened up to the sector, so that you can contribute, from the middle of October until the end of November 2012.

The LSIS will be providing the review’s resulting guidance to awarding organisations in March 2013. The new lifelong learning sector qualifications will be introduced from September 2013 onwards, after the review has presented and developed its findings.

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