last updated:22 Jun 2011
Q. What is happening with the TLA?
A. We can now confirm that the Cathedrals Group of universities and university colleges has established a national TLA consortium of 11 higher education institutions to purchase the TLA intellectual property assets and anticipates the launch of a reinvigorated TLA in autumn 2011.
More information about the consortium’s plans will be available from TLA updates in the autumn term.
Q. What will happen to the TLA when the GTC is abolished?
A. The TLA website closed on 29 April but resources that support teacher enquiry and research will continue to be located at TLA resources on the GTC website until they are relocated by the new owner in the autumn term.
Q. Now the TLA intellectual property has transferred to the Cathedrals Group TLA Consortium, what has happened to my TLA project?
A. Your TLA project remains your intellectual property. The electronic version of your project has been transferred to the Consortium.
In taking on these projects, the Consortium is currently bound by the data protection statement made between the GTCE and participants. This means the projects can only be used for the purpose of administering the TLA unless the Consortium seeks your consent to process the data for a further purpose or purposes.
Additionally, the Consortium will continue the GTCE’s practice of contacting teachers prior to using their project allowing a teacher to withdraw their consent if they choose. This is something a teacher can do at any time.
Q. How can I contact the TLA?
A. GTC’s direct involvement in the TLA is now finished. The deadline has passed for submitting or resubmitting TLA projects, appeals and bursary claims. The Cathedrals Group will announce its plans for the TLA early in the autumn term, at which point further information will be available from TLA updates.
Q. Can I claim a bursary?
A. The deadline for claiming a bursary was 31 May 2011. Our thanks go to the former Hewett/Driver Education Trust for funding to support teachers’ professional learning through participation in the TLA.
Q. Can I appeal against a verification decision?
A. The final date for appeals was 31 May 2011 and all the appeals received have now been completed and the appellants informed of the outcomes.
Q. Can I still submit a TLA project for recognition?
A: The deadline of 21 March for submitting projects to the TLA has now passed. It is no longer possible to submit (or resubmit) a TLA project under the system operated by the GTC with Cambridge Education. The new owner of the TLA will provide opportunities for teachers to gain recognition, but we cannot say at this stage what form that will take or what teachers will need to submit. Further information will be available in the autumn term.
Q. Should teachers start a TLA project now that the 21 March deadline has passed?
A. Many teachers and schools use the TLA – its resources, the framework – freely to support professional development and learning in a variety of ways, not necessarily seeking recognition or accreditation. The TLA resources section of the GTC website will remain available in the summer term until plans are confirmed for their relocation elsewhere.