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Centres for Excellence in Teacher Training launched
New networks of training centres for Further Education teachers, tutors and trainers have been announced by Bill Rammell, the minister for lifelong learning, further and higher education.
The networks, called Centres for Excellence in Teacher Training (CETTs), will be fully operational across the country by this September. They will offer training, professional development and self improvement programmes for colleges and training providers.
Speaking at a conference for the FE sector in London, Bill Rammell said: "Following a rigorous application and selection process, 11 partnerships have been successful in their bids to become Centres for Excellence in Teacher Training.
"As part of our sweeping reforms to FE they will accelerate the process of identifying, developing and sharing practice and provide models for improving the quality of teacher training and support the teacher training providers.
"CETTs were proposed in the 'Equipping our Teachers for the Future' (2004) document. They will develop a range and depth of provision through networks of providers and other stakeholders. They will work together to provide high quality Initial Teacher Training and Continuing Professional Development opportunities for the learning and skills sector."
From September 2007, all new entry trainee FE teachers will be required to attain fully 'qualified teacher learning and skills' status (QTLS); and all full-time FE college teachers and trainers will be required to undertake at least 30 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) per academic year, with reduced amounts for part time teachers, and to maintain a portfolio of their CPD activities. CETTs will play a critical role in achieving these requirements.
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