The Professional Standards were developed by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF), in consultation with practitioners and providers from across the Education and Training sector, in 2014. The consultation and development of these standards was undertaken following the revocation of the 2007 Further Education Workforce Regulations in 2012.
The purpose of the Professional Standards is to support teachers and trainers to maintain and improve standards of teaching and learning, resulting in better outcomes for learners. In total, there are 20 standards which are grouped into three categories: professional values and attributes; professional knowledge and understanding; and professional skills.
Five years on from the launch of the Professional Standards, the ETF conducted an online survey to ascertain:
The ETF conducted the online survey between January 10th and February 4th, 2019. In total, 602 individuals participated: 347 were teaching staff, 123 managers or heads of departments/curriculum, remaining participants comprised CEOs, directors or heads of service, assessors and support staff.