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Institute for Learning

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49-51 East Road
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United Kingdom
01707 392552

Institute for Learning (IfL) is the independent professional body for teachers and trainers in further education (FE) and skills.

Our members work across a range of educational environments; in any context where young people and adults develop the skills and knowledge required to lead successful and rewarding lives.

The role of IfL is to support professional development and excellence in order to deliver the best possible teaching experience to millions of learners, including:

• adult and community learning
• emergency and public services
• FE colleges
• the armed services
• sixth-form colleges
• the voluntary sector
• work-based learning

As a key partner in ensuring an expert FE workforce, IfL is responsible for:

• registering teachers and trainers in FE and skills
• keeping an overview of teachers' continuing professional development (CPD)
• conferring the professional status of Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) and Associate Teacher Learning and Skills (ATLS) through the Professional Formation process

We work to raise the status of teachers and trainers in FE and skills by promoting and supporting professional excellence through continuing professional development (CPD). We also represent the voice of our members to sector organisations, national agencies and the government.

Find out more on the IfL website

Latest Press Releases

  • IfL publishes report of seminars on professionalism in further education

    The Institute for Learning (IfL) has published a report of four seminars hosted jointly by IfL, the 157 Group and the Institute of Education (IOE). Titled “Professionalism in further education”, the report outlines a series of debates about leading professionalism in vocational teaching and learning, from international, national, institutional and classroom or workshop perspectives.

  • IfL announces new president

    The Institute for Learning (IfL) has announced the election of Penny Petch as president of the professional body for teachers and trainers. She will take over from the outgoing president, Beatrix Groves, at IfL’s annual general meeting on Thursday, 10 October 2013.

  • IfL welcomes publication of professional standards

    The Institute for Learning (IfL) has welcomed the Education and Training Foundation’s publication of new professional standards for teachers and trainers in the further education and skills sector. IfL was a key member of the working group responsible for developing the standards, which were informed by the views of IfL members across the sector through focus groups and an online survey.

  • IfL welcomes centrality of teaching and learning

    The Institute for Learning (IfL) has welcomed Ofsted’s comments, published in its annual report for further education and skills, about improvements in the quality of teaching, as well as higher expectations for learners, but has deep concerns about English and maths outcomes for learners and the poor state of education in prisons.

  • IfL announces results of 2013 Advisory Council elections

    The Institute for Learning (IfL) has announced the results of its elections for 19 member representative vacancies – 12 reserved seats (regions, equality and diversity, and parts of the FE and skills sector) and seven further member seats – on its Advisory Council. The current Advisory Council has been in place since January 2010 and its members are the only members of the not-for-profit company under the Companies Act 2006.

  • IfL announces publication of book on professional learning

    The Institute for Learning (IfL) has announced the publication of “Challenging Professional Learning”, which examines the professional learning of teachers and trainers in further education and skills. The book, published by Routledge, draws on research from IfL and other professions, international research and evidence of practice to link individual and collective professional learning to organisational learning, leadership and the management of change. It was edited by IfL’s chair, Sue Crowley, and includes chapters by Dr Jean Kelly, Sue Colquhoun and Toni Fazaeli at IfL. Other chapters are by leaders, practitioners and academics specialising in education and further education and those specialising in other professions.

  • IfL comments on apprenticeships implementation plan

    The Institute for Learning (IfL) has commented on the government’s decision to put apprenticeship design in England in the hands of employers, as outlined in its newly published implementation plan.

  • All young people must have qualified teachers, says IfL

    Commenting in advance of a speech by the deputy prime minister in which he is expected to confirm his commitment to having qualified teachers in state schools, the Institute for Learning (IfL) has said that all 14 to 19-year-olds deserve to be taught by qualified teachers, regardless of whether they are studying in a school or in further education.


  • IfL supports Professions Week through CPD seminars

    As a founder and one of 15 professional bodies supporting Professions Week, which was officially launched at a reception at the House of Commons on 21 October 2013, the Institute for Learning (IfL) has organised a series of special continuing professional development (CPD) events for members.

  • IfL patron calls on teachers to reclaim the moral purpose of education

    Stella Mbubaegbu CBE, principal and chief executive of Highbury College, Portsmouth, and a patron for the Institute for Learning (IfL), has called on teachers and trainers to reclaim the powerful moral purpose of education in bringing knowledge and understanding to a fast-changing and often turbulent world.

  • IfL welcomes subsidy for maths teaching programme

    The Institute for Learning (IfL) has welcomed the Education and Training Foundation’s announcement that it will subsidise the six-day GCSE maths enhancement programme for teachers and trainers in further education and skills.

  • IfL calls for ambitious strategy to eliminate illiteracy

    Responding to the OECD's 2013 survey of adult skills, the Institute for Learning’s chief executive, Toni Fazaeli, said, “This report presents a blunt wake-up call for everyone in the skills and employment arena. It is particularly sad to see that England is one of only three countries where literacy proficiency among 16 to 24-year-olds is lower than that of the wider 16–65 population. The nation needs young people with higher levels of skills entering the labour market, not lower levels, to drive our economy forward. Trained and qualified maths and English teachers in further education have a central role in helping to turn this unacceptable situation around.

  • IfL calls on policymakers to revisit the origins of World Teachers’ Day

    As teachers, learners and educational establishments around the world prepare to celebrate World Teachers’ Day, the Institute for Learning (IfL) is calling on policymakers and further education sector leaders in England to revisit the recommendations adopted by Unesco in cooperation with the International Labour Organization (ILO) at a special intergovernmental conference in 1966.

  • IfL comments on additional funding for traineeships

    The Institute for Learning (IfL) has responded to the announcement by the skills minister, Matthew Hancock, that an extra £20m is being made available for the government’s new traineeships programme, to support more young people into apprenticeships and other jobs.

  • IfL comments on OECD review of vocational education and training

    The Institute for Learning (IfL) has responded to the publication of “A Skills beyond School Review of England”, one of a series of country reports on postsecondary vocational education and training in Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries.

  • IfL congratulates GCSE students and their teachers

    The Institute for Learning (IfL) congratulates the hundreds of thousands of young and adult learners celebrating their GSCE results today, and their teachers in further education colleges, adult and community learning providers and workplaces, schools and other settings.

  • Should teaching qualifications be left to chance?

    The Institute for Learning (IfL) has published a collection of thought pieces by teachers, learners, teacher trainers, leaders and academics on the value of initial teacher training in the further education and skills system.

  • IfL congratulates A-level students and their teachers

    The Institute for Learning (IfL) congratulates the thousands of learners celebrating their A-level and AS-level results today, and the teachers in further education and sixth-form colleges, schools and other settings who helped them achieve their success.

  • IfL welcomes announcement of teacher training bursaries

    The Institute for Learning (IfL) has welcomed the government’s announcement that maths graduates will be offered up to £20,000 to teach in colleges and that bursaries of £9,000 will available to those wishing to teach English and to those who want to specialise in teaching students with special educational needs.

  • IfL publishes updated strategy

    The Institute for Learning (IfL) has updated its strategy to reflect the organisation’s return to being a fully independent, self-financed professional body for teachers and trainers in further education and skills.


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