After six years as chief executive of the Institute for Learning (IfL), Toni Fazaeli has announced that she will retire from her role.
Dr Jean Kelly, who joined IfL in 2007 and is currently director of professional development, will take over executive leadership of the professional body, and continue to implement the strategy set out by the non-executive board and Advisory Council.
Sue Crowley, whose term as elected chair of the non-executive board has been extended for a year, said, “We would like to thank Toni for everything she has done for IfL and the teaching profession, before and during her six-year tenure as chief executive. Under her leadership, and thanks in no small measure to her persistence, IfL won a long-fought battle for further education teachers and trainers with Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) to be recognised in law as having parity with teachers holding Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), and as being qualified to teach in school settings. Through IfL, teachers and trainers have been given a strong voice: tens of thousands of members have taken the opportunity to share their views, experience and evidence, to help inform policymaking and thinking about pedagogy and to enhance their practice across the further education and skills sector.
“I would wish Toni a long and happy retirement, but know only too well that she will be working hard, continuing to make her valuable contribution to a sector and profession about which she cares very much – as chair of governors at an FE college; as a commissioner on the Skills Commission; as founder of a not-for-profit organisation that provides learning opportunities to older people in care homes; as a writer; and as a highly respected Fellow of IfL.”
Ms Fazaeli said, “At a time of great change in our sector, IfL has made considerable strides in raising the profile and status of the teaching profession across the diversity of the sector, supporting members to achieve excellence in their professional practice, and giving teachers and trainers a voice to influence policymaking. Following a period of regulations, IfL has gone back to our proud roots as a voluntary professional membership body, with a distinctive role to play in supporting tens of thousands of individual practitioners. I know from my visits around the country and evidence from teachers, trainers and leaders that IfL has had an impact on the way the sector recognises and thinks about the central importance of professional development and the idea of teachers and trainers being empowered to drive their own professional learning.
“With many thousands of teachers and trainers choosing to engage with IfL and one another, as fellow professionals, IfL will continue to make a difference for the profession, and for the benefit of learners. It is a good time for me to move on as we have reviewed and built up excellent services and engagement with our members. I am delighted that Dr Jean Kelly, a distinguished educator, will take IfL forward after Easter. It has been my privilege to lead IfL for the last six years, and to work directly with very large numbers of teachers and trainers, and many others across the sector who share our passion for the highest quality teaching and learning.”