HE diploma can be a dream

15th October 2010 at 01:00
Letters: Inaccurate statements about HE diplomas

While I applaud a review of FE teacher training ("Lecturers complain of repetitious qualifications", October 8), I would like to point out to Lee Davies, deputy chief executive of the Institute for Learning (IfL), that some of his statements regarding HE diplomas are not inaccurate.

We, at the University of Derby, have been delivering the suite of qualifications for the last three years and do offer exemption for anyone who has already achieved the PTLLS (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector) and wishes to move onto the DTTLS (Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector) award. In addition our qualifications are split into modules that can be used in credit transfer should someone move out of the area or need to break their study and return at a later date.

Lastly, not all HE provision is problematic for adult and community education or work-based learning. as suggested by Dan Taubman of the University and College Union - just ask the training providers and community education organisations that work with us to train their staff and provide them with a DTTLS qualification that is fit for purpose and enjoyed and valued by all.

Lynn Senior, acting head of education, University of Derby.

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