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You'll see that a practical guide from the AELP and LSIS, 'Moving from Key Skills to Functional Skills' is now available to download. This is aimed at all skills providers making the transition to Functional Skills qualification delivery within Apprenticeships from September 2012.

We also have several items of news on teacher training. Here's a brief rundown:

  • From 1 April 2012, members of the Institute for Learning (IfL) with Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status are recognised as qualified to teach in schools.
  • There will be a continuation of fee grants to support part-time teacher trainees entering their second year of initial teacher training in September 2012.
  • The Interim Report on Professionalism in Further Education has now been published. The Report includes a range of recommendations, including the removal of the statutory obligation for FE teachers to register with the Institute for Learning (IfL), and changes to Initial Teacher Training qualifications.

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Bursaries for Initial Teacher Training
The Institute for Learning (IfL) will disburse fee grants to support more than 2,500 part-time teacher trainees entering their second year of initial teacher training (ITT) in September 2012.

English and Maths qualifications for adults
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has released a background note that provides information on the future content and arrangements for English and Maths Qualifications for adults for the academic year 2012/13 and beyond.

IfL members with QTLS qualified to teach in schools
From 1 April 2012, members of the Institute for Learning (IfL) with Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status are recognised as qualified to teach in schools.

Moving from Key Skills to Functional Skills: A step by step guide
This practical guide ĎMoving from Key Skills to Functional Skillsí is aimed at all skills providers making the transition to Functional Skills qualification delivery within Apprenticeships from September 2012.

Nutbrown Review on early education and childcare qualifications
Professor Cathy Nutbrown has published an interim report which explores how to help people working in the early years to improve their skills, knowledge and development. A key issue is the need for people to have the right skills in literacy and numeracy.

Professionalism in Further Education
The Interim Report of the Independent Review Panel has now been published. The Review, chaired by Lord Lingfield, has been looking at the current arrangements to regulate and facilitate the professionalism of the FE and skills workforce.

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