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New 'professional home' launched for FE staff

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A new membership body that aspires to be the “professional home” of FE staff has been launched today.

The Society for Education and Training (Set), run by the Education and Training Foundation ETF, aims to promote the professionalism of FE staff and make sure they are recognised for their expertise.

The society has been created to take over the work of the former Institute for Learning (IfL), which closed last year. Some 9,000 of the IfL’s members are left on the ETF’s books.

It aims to grow to 35,000 members within the next three years. A recruitment drive will begin this summer.It also intends to provide high-quality CPD opportunities and to increase the number of teaching staff with qualified teacher learning and skills (QTLS) status to more than 20,000 in the next three years.

The IfL was boycotted by tens of thousands of members of the University and College Union (UCU) after it was forced to increase its compulsory membership fee.

However, the union said it could find “no fault” with the aims of the new body.


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