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    Apprenticeship route to QTS

    QTS-spotting The recent announcement by Justine Greening about creating an apprenticeship route to QTS has opened up a fascinating and important debate about teaching qualifications and professional formation.

    Last few weeks to submit workforce data

    The deadline is fast approaching to submit your 2016/17 workforce data to the national Further Education (FE) workforce data service, SIR Data Insights. The service is run by the Education and Training Foundation on behalf of the government and collects data at individual staff contract level from all FE learning providers. These include independent training providers, adult education and voluntary/community sector providers. The deadline for this year’s submission is 31 October.

    Shaping success – the role of the ETF in maths and English

    There has been a quiet revolution going on in the further education sector over the last four years. Substantial numbers of learners now required to re-sit GCSE maths and English, brand new GCSE specifications with a new grading system and an ongoing review of Functional Skills that is re-examining their value, purpose and content. And now a new £16million fund to encourage more learners to continue studying maths to Level 3, focusing on disadvantaged groups. All this for a sector that is already busy training the next generation of skilled people, equipping them for jobs now and in the future – whatever that might look like.

    Education and Training Foundation launches Maths and English Shaping Success campaign

    The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has launched a suite of new courses, tips and tools for teachers and trainers across the Further Education (FE) and Training sector, to provide them with additional support in improving progress in maths and English for their learners.

    Biggest QTLS registration window opens today: Ensuring teachers and trainers get the recognition they deserve

    The Society for Education and Training (SET), the professional membership organisation for practitioners working in the post-16 Further Education and Training sector has today opened its most popular registration window for Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status.

    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

    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.

    Prevent duty – as important as ever

    Sadly the Prevent duty’s relevance has become even more obvious since the horrific events recently in Manchester and London.

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