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The current position re Covid 19 has implications for the delivery of FE ITE qualifications. DfE have issued a statement relating to FE ITE programmes following their comments on QTS programmes, downloadable here, and ETF have issued a clarificatory note covering the specific requirements of the Diploma in Education and Training Programme re teaching hours and observations, downloadable here.  ETF issued some additional guidance also regarding the Certificate and Award in Education and Training and Assessor qualifications in March, downloadable here. This has now been supplemented by some further advisory mitigation, downloadable here. Please address any queries to


The original Guidance documents for the suite of Education and Training qualifications, the Diploma, the Certificate and the Award were issued by LSIS in 2013. These replaced the Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector qualifications (DTLLS, CTLLS and PTLLS), and comprised 5 documents. A need to refresh these documents, taking into account recent changes in context, and a desire to have a single point of reference led to the Foundation working with key stakeholders to prepare a new version of the Guidance. Also implementation notes and key changes can be downloaded here - Implementation notes re ITE qualifications (March 17 update).pdf.

A review of the ITE qualifications has been commenced involving both Awarding Bodies and HEIs. This process has been delayed by the current Covid19 situation (inter alia) and therefore is unlikely to report in time for a September 2020 start. Awarding Bodies have therefore been advised to extend their current suite of ITE qualifications until July 2021. We hope to have restarted and completed the process in time for September 2021 starts. Apologies for any difficulties this may have caused.