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The current position re Covid 19 plainly has implications for the delivery of FE ITE qualifications but is also fast moving. This means any position taken on mitigations has to be subject to review given any fresh developments. The guidance issued by ETF [see below] is intended to apply until end September at which time we hope to have a better picture of the unfolding academic year, in both FE and HE, at which point this website and possibly the guidance will be updated. 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. 
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.