This section of the site features ways of supporting teacher educators, and provides links to existing resources for support. It will inlcude events, documents, resources and other items of interest.

Guidance for new ITE qualifications

LSIS worked with awarding organisations, higher education institutions, employer membership bodies and other stakeholders to develop the following guidance for the new teaching qualifications:

  • Guidance for initial teacher education providers.pdf
  • Technical guidance for awarding organisations and higher education providers to inform the design of the generic and specialist qualifications they will develop for regulation by Ofqual or validation by their own institutions

Organisations supporting teacher education - a to z

Centres fo Excellence in Teacher Training (CETTs)

Work in different areas of England, and there are links on the website listed below which provide information on each of the 11 CETTs and a link to their website. Across the whole CETT network there are 288 partner organisations.

Learning and Skills Improvement Service (

- closed 1/08/13 but some online material still available

In particular the The UK Qualifications and Skills Team
Describes itself as follows:
The UK Qualifications and Skills Team (UKQST) in LSIS is a strategic, impartial, expert team, which aims to enhance professionalism and talent for the lifelong learning workforce across the nations and regions of the UK. The team acts as a link between employers, professionals, partners and policy makers.
Starts at
A research section at

The Universities Council for the Education of Teachers

The Universities Council for the Education of Teachers (UCET) acts as a national forum for the discussion of matters relating to the education of teachers and professional educators, and to the study of education in the university sector and contributes to the formulation of policy in these fields. Its members are UK universities involved in teacher education, and a number of colleges of higher education in the university sector
Starts at: 16 Committee at:

Publications supporting the development of teacher educators

Becoming a Teacher Educator: guidelines for induction 2nd edition

Dr Pete Boyd, Kim Harris, Prof. Jean Murray/ESCalate
  • Dr Pete Boyd (University of Cumbria)
  • Kim Harris (University of Worcester)
  • Professor Jean Murray (University of East London)
Date Published
17 October 2011
pdf 826KB
The first edition of this publication has been used to support the induction of new teacher educators in the UK and beyond. But change in the HE sector and in the field of teacher education mean that this second edition is now needed.
This new edition has been revised in four main ways. Firstly, a considerable body of published international research focused on teacher educators has been produced since 2007 and the revised guidelines are informed by this work. Secondly, the new guidelines include the ‘voices’ of new teacher educators themselves gathered during our regular workshops for new teacher educators and our research projects. Thirdly, the revised edition aims to be more inclusive of all teacher educators, including those in further education. In terms of this latter group, it is informed by the limited literature available and our own research into the experiences of those teaching higher education programmes in further education colleges. Finally, the new guidelines seek to respond in a measured way to changing policy and contextual frameworks.


A support kit produced through a european project, mainly for new teacher educators, but with materials which will be useful for all. Contains activities and resources and is well worth looking at.


This is a publication from LSIS which is aimed at prospective teacher trainees, and it will be succeeded soon by a new version, but it does contain useful info about the relevant qualifications and pathways in the sector.

Other sources of information /support

Peer Mentoring

Peer mentoring was used successfully on the Suppporting Teacher Educators Project (STEP), and examples of that success will feature in this section in due course. If you wish to get involved in peer mentoring of this type, the documents from this project are below:
STEP Peer Mentoring - An Introduction.pdf Simple overview and guide
STEP Peer Mentoring - Case Study Form.doc Proforma used by peer mentor to review their peer mentoring
STEP Peer Mentoring - Guidelines.pdf
STEP Peer Mentoring - Record of Meetings Form.doc

SW Regional Teacher Education Forum

Content from this SW regional forum, which meets three times a year, which we believe could be useful to all teacher educators. The forum meets three times a year and networks on a range of current teacher education news, issues, resources and themes

Hyperlinks from meeting on 20th October 2011 (Organised A-Z )

Chris Biffle – powerteaching
Compass: Journal of Learning and Teaching at the University of Greenwich
Don Clark - Performance, Learning, Leadership, & Knowledge Site
Embedding ESD into the PGCE/Cert Ed (inc DTLLS) programme
informal education homepage
JISC SW Work based learning materials
Teachers TV on TES
PCET network
Routledge Education Class of 2011
Well-being | the new economics foundation

Approval / Endorsement documents

Current endorsement documents (Jan2012) - these are the versions you should now refer to


Review of qualifications (archive)

PTLLS AO guidance 16 June.pdf