ETF Professional Standards for Teachers and Trainers in Education and Training 2014-15


This guide to professional standards was compiled by the Education and Training Foundation with the support of a range of practitioners. They provide a handy guide to what you should be looking for in your teachers and trainers. Organisations have used them to inform recruitment, help them observe and develop teachers, and plan improvements to their overall practice.

 There are a number of documents available on the Excellence Gateway.  These include a Workbook for Teaching Staff and an online self-assessment tool for individuals to help with self development. The workbook can act as a CPD record for individuals or teams

The Professional Standards set out clear expectations of effective practice in education and training and enable teachers and trainers to identify areas for their own professional development. They cover Professional values and attributes; Professional knowledge and understanding; and Professional skills.

Download the Professional Standards or find out more by visiting the Education and Training Foundation website

Skills for Life Third Sector Toolkit

This toolkit is designed to support voluntary and community organisations to respond to the literacy, language, communication and numeracy skills needs of service users, staff and volunteers.

Literacy, Language and Numeracy (LLN) lie at the heart of voluntary and community activity, playing a vital role in community cohesion, health and well-being, access to services, information and communication, understanding of each other and the world around us, enjoyment of life, organisational development and sustainability. The lack of these skills can impact heavily on individuals, on their confidence and self-esteem, their ability to find work, to manage money, to assert themselves and to achieve the best for their children and families.

The Toolkit contains information on policy, idenitfying options and developing routes to success. It also has case studies of Third Sector literacy, language and numeracy, and a section on Continuing Professional Development.

Access and use the toolkit 

Developing a large scale bidding consortium


This case study describes an experience in establishing a regional bidding consortium as part of an LSIS project (led by the Third Sector National Learning Alliance) for third sector organisations in the South West (in this report 'third sector' refers to all social purpose independent organisations including voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises). It describes the process that organisations went through, what worked well and lessons learnt. Although the initiative was focussed on third sector providers specifically, the case study tries to draw out key points for others across the learning and skills sector.

Read the full case study

Inspiring Impact – Tools for the Third Sector

 The Inspiring Impact website, aimed specifically at the Third Sector, is designed to support organisations measure and demonstrate their impact, or use data more effectively. Resources include a Code of Good Impact Practice, Principles and drivers of good impact practice, and two free to use online tools to help organisations improve their impact practice. These are:

  • Measuring Up! – this is an online self-assessment tool that helps organisations review and improve their impact practice, regardless of their previous level of experience. It gives a detailed picture of strengths and weaknesses, and an action plan can be downloaded to help guide improvement. The report also contains links through to the resources and tools in the Inspiring Impact Hub, so that those who want to improve their impact know where to start.
  • Inspiring Impact Hub – this is a one-stop shop for impact resources and tools, pulling together a wide range of searchable resources and case studies relevant to improving impact practice.

 Download materials from the Inspiring Impact hub