Formed in 2002, the Institute provides a professional body for teachers in further, adult, and work‐based learning and training in the UK. Its aims are to support the professional needs of practitioners and to raise their status across the learning and skills sector. The 2004 Department for Education and Skills reform proposals Equipping Our Teachers for the Future named the IfL as the body responsible for awarding certification of qualified teacher learning and skills (QTLS) status to all new teachers entering the lifelong learning sector from September 2007. As a result of the reforms in teacher training within the sector leading to QTLS, the IfL will have an extended role, which will include registering those who undertake and complete teacher training; monitoring and recording continuing professional development; and liaising with the General Teaching Council and the Higher Education Academy (an organization whose purpose is to support the quality of provision and research in institutions of higher education) to ensure cross‐sector professional recognition.
http://www.ifl.ac.uk Links to information on continuing professional development.