Welcome to the Skills for Life Network E-News Update

In this edition of the update, we have further news on proposed changes to teacher training and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements for FE teachers. The recently published independent report into professionalism of the FE and skills workforce contains a recommendation that teachers in the FE sector should not be required to have a teaching qualification. The Government is now proposing that the regulations should be replaced by largely discretionary advice to employers on appropriate qualifications and CPD for their staff. A consultation on the proposals is now open, and will close on the 4th of June. See 'Teacher training - have your say' below.

We welcome several new Members: Learning Unlimited, ICON Training, Abertay Training and the Academy of Vocational and Professional Training. Is your organisation a Member yet? If not, see below to find out how to join and about the benefits of Skills for Life Network Organisational Membership.

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Resources

The latest book in the Supermarket Stories series is now available from Gatehouse Books

The latest book in the Supermarket Stories series is now available from Gatehouse Books
Jenny’s Choice is the eagerly-awaited fourth title in the brilliant Supermarket Stories series, written by Margaret Adams. Supporting tutor resources are available on CD-ROM featuring a range of stimulating activities to develop literacy skills.

Jobs

Skills for Life Tutors

Skills for Life Tutors
Age UK Training. Opportunities in Chesterfield and Derby.

Training

Summer with Learning Unlimited: CPD courses and Annual Seminar

Summer with Learning Unlimited: CPD courses and Annual Seminar
Courses and events include workshop sessions on creativity and on learning styles, and the Learning Unlimited First Annual Seminar, being held from 5.30pm-8pm on Friday 25 May 2012 at ETC Venues, Avonmouth Street, London SE1.

News

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.

National Careers Service launched
On 5 April Skills Minister John Hayes launched the National Careers Service, which aims to make accurate information and professional advice on learning and work available to everyone.

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.

Teacher training - have your say
One of the key recommendations of the recent review of teacher training requirements in the FE sector is that the 2007 Regulations should be replaced by largely discretionary advice to employers on appropriate qualifications for staff and continuous professional development. The Government is now canvassing the sector’s views on this.

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