The UCET Post-16 committee provides a forum for University colleagues to keep up to date with national developments in the field of generic teacher training and specific training for those who teach Skills for Life. It provides an opportunity to comment on and influence new policy as it affects the Learning and Skills Sector, and to keep in mind teacher training requirements to support initiatives that affect post-14 learners.
The committee meets three times a year on Fridays, usually with an invited speaker of national standing to address the group in the morning. Developments in the 14-19 curriculum are being reviewed by a working group (with members from both the Post-16 and Secondary Committees) which meets once or twice a year.
Andy Armitage has 40 years’ experience of teaching in schools, FE, Adult and Community Learning and HE. He was, until July 2014, Head of Post-Compulsory Education and Training at Canterbury Christ Church University, which has among the largest FE ITE provision nationally with over 750 initial trainees. In 2011-12 he was seconded to Ofsted to train as a team and lead inspector on ITE inspections and is now a registered assistant inspector. He is currently working with a number of HEIs to prepare them for inspection.