Tuesday, 15 January 2008

About new gov't tutor registration

Lovely attentive audience for my talk to Women Writers Network last night, and lots of interest in the new government requirement that all who want to teach over 16s must register and qualify. So, in the continuing development of this blogspot I've given a link section (on the right) to the two key sites.

Institute for Learning (IfL) is directly of interest to you as a creative writing tutor, pretty easy to understand. It is the site where you register -- FREE until 31 March 2008; after that £30. My understanding is that you don't have to be teaching right now, or qualified; you'd be an affiliate. Lifelong Learning UK (LLUK) is more overall, in-depth, gov't Skills Sector -speak.

Note: if you currently teach and are qualified, you still must register -- if your qualifications were ages ago that's okay, they're easing in the qualification stuff by allowing different categories.

A first qualification course, from this year, is called PTLLS ('petals') -- Preparation for Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector. It's 12 weeks, 3 hrs once a week. It's City & Guilds, kitemark for a good course. You can take it to get you ready to teach, if you want to learn before you plunge in; or, often, you can land yourself a creative writing teaching slot and take this course at the same time. See linklist for sources.

Be not afraid! If you don't plan to teach in publicly funded institutions (borough adult ed, libraries, colleges, prisons etc) then you don't have to worry about all this! But if you might someday, I'm just trying to save you having to pay £30 after 31 March 2008.

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