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Government review paves way for simplified teacher training qualifications

The government has announced plans to reassess teacher training qualifications to create a more simplified system.

The review, which will be led by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS), comes as the current teaching qualifications system faces criticism for being unclear, and unable to take into account previous professional experience.

A public consultation will open from mid-October to the end of November to help shape the new system. LSIS expects to be able to provide guidance to awarding organisations next March, before the new qualifications are introduced from September 2013.

Toni Fazaeli, chief executive of the Institute for Learning (IfL), welcomed the review, as well as the decision to retain teaching qualifications.

“IfL members who have achieved or are working towards Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status will be reassured to see the government’s recognition that they should not be disadvantaged by the regulatory changes, and that the existing equivalence with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) – which IfL worked so hard to bring about – should not be put in jeopardy,” said Fazaeli.

Syema Majeed

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