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STOP PRESS.  Although we had hoped that the Covid situation would be behind us all by now, it appears that centres are still facing difficulties arising particularly from a recent spike in infections. In such circumstance we are keeping the situation under review but feel it appropriate in the short term to continue the mitigations for now.  We are therefore extending the existing mitigations until the end of August 2022 by which time we’ll take further advice, and we will then issue further guidance

It should be emphasised that the guidance is to be applied only if essential: the specified qualifications in their current agreed form represent what is appropriate for FE teacher training and should only be adapted as indicated in the guidance where there is no other option for completion: in summary, things should be as normal as possible. The latest mitigations guidance is available here

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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.

The review of the ITE qualifications involving both Awarding Bodies and HEIs. was mindful of the upcoming revisions of the FE ITE suite consequent upon DfE level 4/5 review and forthcoming revised FE teacher apprenticeship standards. Hence no major revision to the qualifications has been proposed although updated indicative guidance has been issued, available here. Additionally ETF has updated the 2013 Awarding Organisation Guidance, available here. For any queries please email