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8 September 2011
The Institute for Learning (IfL) welcomes the recent announcement from John Hayes, the minister of state for further education, skills and lifelong learning:
“I am pleased to hear in regard to the issues arising on IfL membership that a basis has been proposed on which constructive discussions can be resumed and legal action suspended, and I want to do all that I can to help find a solution that is in the best, longer term interests of those who are served by the sector and those who work within it.
"For my part, I am happy to confirm my willingness to commission an independent review that would look broadly at the arrangements for achieving a professionalised workforce and how this is facilitated by the Institute for Learning and other partners in delivering the regulations and other policy initiatives aimed at supporting a professional workforce. I would want to ensure that all parties were able to support the terms of reference and have confidence in the appointment of the independent chair.
“My aim would be to commission this review as soon as possible. However, in order to go ahead, I am asking that all parties now refrain from further action. Once that is confirmed, my officials can facilitate a further discussion on the terms of reference for an independent review.”
IfL will engage positively with the proposed review, and continue working to promote the status and professional interests of teachers and trainers.