Clear pathway to teacher qualifications chartered


Recent reforms in the world of teaching qualifications have meant that a framework is now in place for a clear pathway to getting teacher qualifications.

There are now three courses which are designed for a variety of people, including anyone who has an interest in the education and training sectors and want to gain more of an overview of it, right through to staff who are engaged in teaching practice as part of their career, and are looking to achieve a recognised, accredited teaching qualification.

The basis of this framework is called Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector – or PTLLS for short – and is an introduction for those who wish to train or teach. This qualification will provide trainers, facilitators and teachers the abilities to support learners.

To undertake the PTLLS course you are not required to hold any specific prior teaching qualifications, and it’s a great way to find out if becoming a teacher or trainer is for you.

The PTLLS course is aimed at those who work, or want to work, as teachers, trainers or tutors in the Lifelong Learning Sector, which includes Adult or Community education, or as trainers of staff in retail, industry, public and voluntary sectors or the Army, or as support staff in education environments.

To achieve the PTLLS qualification, candidates must successfully complete both theory and practical assignments. The aims of the course covers the following areas:

  • develop an understanding of roles and responsibilities in relation to teaching
  • develop abilities to understand learners’ needs
  • develop abilities to work with others in supporting learners
  • selecting and implementing learning approaches
  • develop abilities to plan and deliver learning programmes
  • encourage and support the use of learning approaches to engage and motivate learners
  • develop an understanding of the need to maintain records

PTLLS is the new minimum requirement for people who wish to teach in post-16 education, and is the first step to a full teacher qualification. This is a short course designed as a basic introduction to teaching or training in the Lifelong Learning Sector. It introduces you to how to plan and deliver sessions, theories of learning, assessment strategies, working with individuals and groups and many aspects of  teaching and learning in this exciting and diverse sector.

It is a nationally recognised award which stands independently but is also an introductory module for those who may choose to continue to develop this as a career.

The programme is presented through a variety of methods, to allow you to experience different styles of teaching and learning. In the module you will learn how to plan, deliver, assess and evaluate learners and learning.

You will explore educational theory, reflect on your practice and keep a diary of your own development. You will be introduced to principles of learning and theorists and will have the opportunity to present to your peers, evaluate your own effectiveness and give feedback to others.

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