If you are finding it difficult to follow the changes in teaching qualifications in the lifelong learning sector you might find the following useful:

In September 2007 the Government introduced new regulations to reform the training, qualifications and continuing professional development (CPD) of teachers, tutors, trainers and instructors in England. The aim was to have a teaching workforce that was fully and appropriately qualified or working towards a qualification by 2010. However, as of 30 September 2012, the following changes took place:

  • The government’s regulations requiring registration with IfL for teachers and trainers in further education (FE) colleges ended
  • The requirement for declaring 30 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) each year was removed. The Government and the FE and skills sector recognise the importance of CPD to the profession, however, and have an expectation that CPD should continue.
  • The statutory requirement to obtain Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) and Associate Teacher Learning and Skills (ATLS) was removed. Since 1 April 2012, after the Institute for Learning’s successful campaign, QTLS is recognised in law as the equivalent to QTS for teaching in maintained schools.

The Lifelong Learning Sector / further education and skills sectors include: adult and community education, further education colleges, work-based learning, prison / offender education, armed forces and SFA funded training in the Third Sector. The qualifications were further changed in Sept 2013 and Jan 2014 and AET, CET and DET replaced PTLLS, CTLLS and DTLLS.  The Education and Training Foundation was set up in August 2013 – see question below.

There is growing evidence that the teacher/tutor qualifications (CTLLS/CET and DTLLS/DET) are increasingly being asked for as a quality benchmark, regardless of whether they are ‘legally required.’ Already we have evidence from our learners that some local authorities, police authorities and other sector regulatory bodies are asking for CET as a minimum to deliver learning. A number of specialist awarding bodies are also requiring qualified staff on delivery teams before they will grant or maintain scheme approvals.

From September 2013 and January 2014 the PTLLS, CTLLS & DTLLS qualifications were replaced – see below.

`Teacher’/’Tutor’ means anyone who is responsible for planning and carrying out teaching or learning delivery with a learner irrespective of the number of hours they do or their job title. ‘Teaching’ includes: tutoring, training, instructing, lecturing, facilitating, teaching literacy, numeracy, skills for life or job skills.

The first step for most people teaching in the lifelong learning sector is to complete the AET/PTLLS course. This can be done before starting to teach or during the first year in employment and is a preparatory introduction to teaching. This is completed at L3.  You can either progress onto or go straight into the Certificate in Education and Training or Diploma in Education and Training (if you are already able to / are delivering teaching hours). Whether you work part time or full time the qualification routes are the same and not linked to the amount of teaching you do.

The Qualifications

From September 2013 the current PTLLS was replaced by:

  • L3 Award in Education and Training

and from January 2014 CTLLS & DTLLS were replaced by:

  • L4 Certificate in Education and Training (takes the place of CTLLS)
  • L5 Diploma in Education and Training (takes the place of DTLLS)

People who hold the ‘old’ qualifications or are part way through their study do not need to undertake the new qualifications or change their current programme. Where someone has achieved the ‘old’ PTLLS they should still be able to use that to take forward and have prior learning recognised in the new qualification.

We currently deliver the City & Guilds 6502 Award in Education and Training (AET) which is the new updated version of PTLLS. This is not a teaching qualification but a preparation for one. This qualification is for people who work, or want to work as teachers/trainers in the further education and skills sector. It is for people who are not in a teaching role, or who have just started a teaching role or for those who want a short qualification to enable them to make career choices.

We also deliver the City & Guilds 6502 (CET) Certificate in Education and Training at level 4. This qualification is suitable for individuals who want a qualification which focuses on practical teaching, are currently teaching and want to have their experience and practice accredited. CET learners will be qualified / experienced in the subject they intend to teach, and have access to 30 teaching practice hours and possess appropriate levels of language, literacy and numeracy. The CET replaced the CTLLS qualification.

We also deliver the City & Guilds 6502 (DET) Diploma in Education and Training at level 5. This qualification provides training for those individuals who hold a teaching role with an extensive range of teaching or training responsibilities, including those in more than one context. Candidates are required to undertake a minimum of 100 hours teaching practice and candidates will be observed for at least eight hours over a minimum of eight occasions throughout the duration of the course. The DET replaced the DTLLS qualification.

City & Guilds TAQA – Training, Assessment and Quality Assurance. This new suite of qualifications replaces the A1 and A2 assessor awards and the V1 internal verifier award. These practitioner qualifications are designed to support the assessment and quality assurance of all new QCF qualifications including: Apprenticeships, Functional Skills, Technical certificates, NVQ’s, Awards, Certificates and Diplomas. Each qualification includes a full days training followed by one-to-one work with your TAQA assessor at a time to be arranged.

These qualifications are delivered by our sister company – Joan Patterson Associates. For information or to discuss your requirements call Joan on 01298 213511 or email joan@joanpattersonassociates.com or visit their website.

Life After achieving the qualifications

You do not have to do all three qualifications. There are no further mandatory qualifications after DET although you could study at masters level if you choose to.

Professional formation is a process that enables you to demonstrate the effective use of skills and knowledge in your professional practice that is required to achieve Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS). This is a post-qualification process that enables you to demonstrate the following through professional practice:

  • The ability to use effectively the skills and knowledge acquired whilst training to be a teacher
  • Application of the occupational standards required of a teacher.

QTLS is Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status.  To apply for QTLS, you need an initial teacher training qualification at Level 5, for example, equivalent to the Diploma to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS) or Diploma in Education and Training (DET).  If you are applying for QTLS  you are also required to demonstrate numeracy and literacy qualifications at (or above) Level 2.

  • QTLS status is recognised in law as equal to QTS for teaching in schools
  • Career progression: QTLS status demonstrates your commitment, skills and knowledge to employers
  • Recognition of your status as a professional teacher or trainer
  • Valuable continuing professional development (CPD) that builds confidence and enhances your skills
  • Members with QTLS can use these initials as a designation.

The Education and Training Foundation is the only organisation that confers QTLS status following the transfer of IfL’s legacy in October 2014.   SET’s professional status register is a list of SET members who have successfully completed professional formation and achieved Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status.

More information on applying for and gaining QTLS can be found at https://set.et-foundation.co.uk/professionalism/qtls/

The Education and Training Foundation, a new organisation set up to improve professionalism and standards in the further education and skills sectors launched 1 August 2013. Established by sector bodies and funded by The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the new Foundation will set professional standards and provide support to ensure learners benefit from a well-qualified, effective and up-to-date professional workforce supported by good leadership, management and governance. http://www.et-foundation.co.uk/

Questions about our CET/Certificate and DET/Diploma Programmes

Our DET/Diploma courses usually start in October/November or April/May each year. Course dates will be updated on our website as soon as they are available.  You should apply as soon as you are confident you will have sufficient teaching hours while on the programme.

For AET you do not need to already be teaching but you should be able to prove, either by qualification or experience, that you can work at a level 2 standard in English, Maths and ICT. You should also have qualifications or experience in the subject matter you intend to teach.

For CET you need to be able to evidence 30 hours of teaching during the course, have experience or qualifications in the subject you are teaching and have appropriate literacy, numeracy and ICT skills. Your teaching should be to learners over the age of 14.

For DET you need to evidence 100 hours of teaching during the course, have experience or qualifications in the subject you are teaching and have appropriate literacy, numeracy and ICT skills. Your teaching should be to learners over the age of 14.

You will have access to our dedicated VLE giving access to:

  • generic and session specific resources
  • access to assignment guides
  • be able to upload assignments, learning journal entries, book observations and receive formative and summative feedback
  • upload your teaching evidence for your Teaching File
  • join forum discussions and participate in collaborative learning activities
  • complete any course administration tasks

Our DET course is built around 13 themed training days and CET around 7 training days. These cover topics such as:

  • The role of the teacher in education and training
  • Legislation
  • Record Keeping
  • Planning and writing lesson plans and schemes of work
  • Individual learning needs and learning styles
  • Inclusion, equality, diversity, differentiation and personalizing
  • Teaching methods, learning activities and resources
  • Communication
  • Learning difficulties and disabilities
  • Functional Skills and minimum core
  • Assessing learning
  • Giving feedback to learners
  • Learning theories and strategies
  • Behaviour management
  • Curriculum models
  • Evaluation
  • CPD
  • Developing and managing resources
  • The broader context of the education and training sector
  • The impact of learning on individuals, their community and the economy

The training days are interactive and act as a springboard for further research and application of what has been learned to your teaching practice. This will help you to tailor the course to your own teaching situation and individual learning plan. The assignments for the qualification units relate to the course content and follow a logical order throughout this process. The course takes you through a journey of self-evaluation and professional development. Reflective practice is central to the learning process and to the assignments. You will keep a reflective journal about your own learning experience and on-going evaluation of your teaching practice. You will log 30 hours of teaching (for CET) and 100 hours (for DET) during the programme.

The content for the assignments will be covered in the training days and your own follow-up research, tailored to your own individual teaching context. Support is available via the Virtual Learning Environment, email and telephone. Individual tutorials are part of the programme. Feedback from our current students is that they feel well supported throughout the process of researching and writing the assignments.

This is difficult to answer as people work differently. Some people spend a lot of time researching; others take time putting their thoughts on paper and writing assignments. Planning, preparing, delivering and evaluating the 100 (or 30) hours of teaching needs to be considered. As a minimum, you will attend a training day once a month for 13 (or 7) months. You will do follow-up research and write your journal (approximately one day a month?). You will write your assignments (approximately one day a month?). You will prepare your teaching and evaluate this.

Once the training days have been attended, you have logged your teaching hours, been observed, and completed your assignments your qualification is complete. This could be in as little as 13 (or 7 ) months, but you can take up to a further 3-4 months after the last workshop in which to complete if needed.

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