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Revocation of the Further Education Workforce Regulations: The FE Teachers' Continuing Professional Development and Registration (England) Regulations 2007 and the FE Teachers' Qualifications (England) Regulations 2007

Open date: 10 Apr 2012

Closing date: 04 Jun 2012

Response date: 09 Aug 2012

This consultation seeks views from principals, lecturers, other staff, employer and employee representative bodies, and all others with an interest, on the revocation of the further education workforce regulations, as recommended in the interim report by the Independent Review Panel on professionalism in further education.

The Further Education Teachers’ Qualifications (England) Regulations 2007 and the Further Education Teachers’ Continuing Professional Development and Registration (England) Regulations 2007 (“the 2007 Regulations”) both came into force on 1 September 2007. They set requirements for teachers:

• to hold or acquire, within a specified period of time, recognised qualifications;

• to complete a period of professional formation leading to Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status;

• to complete at least 30 hours of continuing professional development each year and provide an annual record to the Institute for Learning (IfL); and

• to be registered with IfL and maintain that registration continuously.

In direct response to concerns raised about the current arrangements for achieving a professionalised workforce, in particular the role and payment of membership fees for the Institute for Learning (IfL), John Hayes, Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning, announced an Independent Review, chaired by Lord Lingfield, and supported by a small panel of expert professionals led by David Sherlock.

The Government has recently welcomed the interim report and recommendations of the review 'Professionalism in further education: interim report of the independent review panel established by the Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning' (PDF, 655 Kb) . One of the key recommendations is the revocation of the 2007 Regulations, to be replaced by largely discretionary advice to employers on appropriate qualifications for staff and continuous professional development. As a result the Government is setting in motion this formal consultation to canvas the sector’s views regarding the revocation of the regulations. This is ahead of the final stage of the review, which will consider professionalism more widely and report in July 2012.

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