There have been major changes in the structure of teaching qualifications recently, with new requirements affecting all practicing teachers. Summarise these changes and give a brief account of how they may affect you, and what you need to do.
The reform of teacher training in the lifelong learning sector came into effect in 2007 changing the way teachers, trainers and tutors have needed to meet qualifications and requirements in order for all teachers to hold an appropriate award (Gravells, 2008).
The full teaching qualification is called the Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector often referred to as DTLLS that can be completed one year full time at a University or over two years part time through E-learning or attending a University or College a number of hours a week (Life Long Learning UK).
A person may not teach in further education unless they hold a Preparation to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector qualification often referred to as PTLLS or, may work in a teaching role for one year without the qualification or equivalent providing the teacher is receiving ‘professional support’ by a ‘qualified person’ (Legislation UK).
Not only that, the new teacher or teacher who does not meet the new requirements is not required to undertake the Preparation to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector if they are completing the DTLLS as Preparation to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector is the first module.
The PTLLS clearly covers the basics of teaching and can be aimed at those who are seeking a career change and would like an introduction to teaching. The PTLLS can be completed in numerous ways like the full teaching qualification such as full time for one week or a number of hours per week over a period of ten weeks.
These structural changes apply to my role as a Performing Arts Lecturer at a Further Education College. Although, I hold a Level 5 qualification in the subject that I deliver at the college, I was employed in October 2009...