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What is post-16 and further education

Train to teach young people and adults (post-16 and further education)

If you want to teach or train young people or adults, we offer a range of ways to achieve a PGCE or Certificate in Education.

These qualifications are part of the requirements needed to claim QTLS (qualified teacher in learning and skills) status - now recognised as equivalent to QTS for school teachers - and are mapped to the QTS standards and the new 2014 ETF Professional Standards. Our courses are registered with the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) and they're equivalent (or higher than) the nationally recognised qualifications introduced for this sector in 2007.

What is post-16 education and further education?

Post-16 education and further education includes all post-16 learning, including vocational training and work-based learning. It can also include working with 14 year olds in schools or colleges, as part of the 14-19 vocational curriculum.

Post-16 education and training happens in

  • in school sixth forms, academies and sixth form colleges
  • in further education institutions
  • in adult and community learning centres

It can also be provided by

  • private training companies
  • the voluntary sector
  • work-based learning providers, such as the NHS or Fire Service

Benefits of teaching in the Post 16 and further education sector

The huge range of possible workplaces, the diverse nature of the students, the variety of subjects to teach - it all adds up to make post-16 and further education a very exciting area of education.

There are different challenges every day, which means that you, too, will be constantly learning and developing. And that makes it highly rewarding.

The qualification offers a range of employment options on graduation, from schools to colleges to higher education.

The courses we offer

Certificate in Education (CertEd) Post-16 and Further Education full time.

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Post-16 and Further Education - full time.

What Ofsted say about us

In 2018, Ofsted said:

  • The Sheffield Hallam partnership provides good training for teachers in the further education and skills sector.
  • Knowledgeable and skilled tutors, along with well-trained subject-expert mentors, ensure that trainees develop the teaching and research skills they need to be effective teachers.
  • Trainees show clearly that they build realistic and relevant English and mathematical skills into their vocational teaching.
  • Through the good training provided by the partnership, trainees and former trainees ensure that learners recognise the impact of the values of tolerance, respect for the law, democracy and equality on their day-to-day life and work.
  • The processes for recruitment and selection ensure that trainees from under-represented groups can begin training to teach and show their aptitude for teaching.
  • Leaders and managers have a clear vision and boundless enthusiasm for improvement. They respond well and rapidly to trainee and partnership feedback about the training and support that trainees get. Consequently, trainees and mentors are highly satisfied with the training provided by the partnership.

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