Proffessionalism in Education

The Impact of Professionalism in LLS
How do we define professionalism?   One definition is;   “the skill, good judgement and polite behaviour from a person that is trained to do a job well”.
Professionalism in terms of education in the lifelong learning sector has an in-depth meaning covering many different skills. Meeting the needs of post sixteen learners has many challenges that are to be addressed professionally and skilfully, therefore creating a balance between skills that have already been learned and new skills to be learned are important.   As a teacher the ability to adapt and take part in any changes that may occur is paramount to being professional.
Teaching skills are often challenged by many different factors; the learner’s needs the learner’s expectations and the learner’s prior knowledge and understanding. There is another significant factor that should be considered and that is the learner’s social background.
Social mobility within education in an ideal world should not present any problems for anyone to succeed into their chosen career. According to an oral statement give to Parliament by the Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP, (2011), “The government’s emphasis is on relative social mobility. It wants individuals to have the same chance for progressing professionally or reaching a higher income bracket, regardless of their social class or background. In other words it is about equality of opportunity”.   Where does professionalism sit in terms of social mobility? It appears that the government have growing concerns regarding our education system and are working hard to change it.
The LLS covers what is known as the transitional years with a greater emphasis on Apprenticeships to improve the vocational training of the individual that does not wish to go on to university. According to a government document published in April 2011   Funding for disadvantaged 16–19-year-olds in learning will increase by more than a third to £770 million in 2011/12. We are...