The lifelong learning sector (LLS) teacher workforce is wide and diverse and includes further education (FE) colleges, 6th forms, adult and community learning/personal and community development and learning, offender learning and work-based learning. There are a number of other terms that you may recognize, which include Learning and skills sector (LSS) and the FE sector. FE teachers, sometimes known as FE lecturers, teach students over the age of 16, and some 14–16-year-olds studying work-related subjects.
With the 1992 Further and Higher Education Act came the incorporation of FE colleges and the removal of them from local authority control. This shift brought a greater drive in the direction of a market-led approach with the emphasis on offering appropriate programmes and courses to meet the demands of the market. With the advent of these policies and reforms, the last decade has seen a rapid increase in the number of people attending FE colleges, particularly within the 16–18 age range. This has led to the delivery of subjects in colleges widening and learner cohorts becoming more diverse.
A national framework that Lifelong Learning UK (LLUK) developed to support the development of teachers, from their initial training and development, through to enhancing their continuing personal and professional development profiles (CPD), was implemented across the LLS from September 2007. The shift that took place was a THE CHANGING FACE OF THE LIFELONG LEARNING SECTOR 5
result of governmental legislation that highlighted significant changes to be recognized within what was the sector for post-compulsory education and training (PCET). And the Education Act of 2002 saw the advent of regulations that prohibited anyone from teaching in FE colleges if they had not served a probationary period. The drive was to ensure that learners are only taught by teachers who have received the necessary induction training and who have completed a...