T4T blog

How will the Solicitors Qualifying Examination benefit the legal sector

By Crispin Passmore, Executive Director of Policy & Education, 3 October 2016

Launched today, our latest consultation offers a fuller picture of how the solicitors of the future might qualify. It explains what the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) might look like and our overall requirements for qualifying as a solicitor. Read more

Join our SQE virtual reference group

By Liz Walters, Policy Associate, 14 July 2016

With more than 240 consultation responses, 18 events and nearly 200,000 impressions on social media, we were pleased by the extensive engagement with our proposal to introduce the SQE. We recognise that our proposal proved to be controversial and many respondents felt they needed more detail about how the whole qualification process would work before they could reach a firm view. Read more

Countdown to new CPD

By Richard Williams, Policy Associate, 4 May 2016

From November this year, qualified solicitors in England and Wales will no longer count CPD hours. Instead, the SRA’s new approach means they will reflect on their practice and work and choose training that is right for them and their firm. Read more

Using multiple choice questions in legal education

By Julie Brannan, SRA Director of Education and Training, 25 April 2016

Our recent consultation on the introduction of a Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) closed last month following much debate and discussion. Read more

Assessing professional competence - Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference

By Julie Brannan, SRA Director of Education and Training, 24 March 2016

I very much enjoyed the recent Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference, hosted by Northumbria University. On the day, Alastair Pollitt from Cambridge Exam Research  talked on our behalf about assessing professional competence. Read more

Can the Solicitors Qualifying Examination help social mobility?

By Liz Walters, Policy Associate, 16 February 2016

We want to ensure that the most talented people from any background can become solicitors. Read more

Arrangements for aspiring solicitors

By Liz Walters, Policy Associate, 18 December 2015

We know that any changes to our training regulations will have implications for aspiring solicitors already on their way to qualifying.  Read more

Raising awareness of the legal apprenticeship

By Liz Walters, Policy Associate, 16 November 2015

After their hard work getting the legal apprenticeships approved by government earlier this year, the Legal Trailblazer Employer Group has moved onto raising awareness of the benefits of the scheme to other firms and employers. Read more

A new route into the profession

By Sophie Crookson, Policy Officer - Stakeholder Engagement, 7 October 2015

We are pleased that The Department for Business, Skills and Innovation (BIS) recently approved our plans for three new legal apprenticeships which will be ready for delivery in England from 2016. These will allow apprentices to qualify as solicitors, legal executives or paralegals while working for their employers. Read more

Come and join us to discuss assessment framework proposals

By Sophie Crookson, Policy Officer - Stakeholder Engagement, 24 June 2015

We're looking forward to welcoming stakeholders to our event in London on 6 July—Developing a new competence assessment framework. The event will bring together solicitors, education and training providers, and consumer representative bodies, so discussion promises to be lively. Read more

Visit to observe the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme in operation

By Crispin Passmore, Executive Director of Policy & Education, 22 June 2015

A couple of weeks ago, I went to visit the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS) testing in operation to gain a better understanding of our current mechanisms for assuring standards at point of entry to the profession. The QLTS is the test which overseas qualified lawyers and barristers of England and Wales must take if they wish to be admitted as a solicitor of England and Wales. Read more

How important is time spent in the workplace before qualification?

By Liz Walters, Policy Associate, 22 May 2015

We are part way through our programme of focus groups and a wide range of different stakeholders have been sharing their thoughts with us on how we should align our assessment framework for intending solicitors with the new Statement of Solicitor Competence. Read more

A new competence statement for solicitors

By Julie Brannan, SRA Director of Education and Training, 1 April 2015

Today, 1 April, we have launched our new Competence Statement for solicitors. It is a major milestone in the delivery of our T4T programme of work Read more

Training for Tomorrow: ongoing momentum

By Graham Moore, Policy Executive, 27 October 2014

The tail end of 2014 is proving to be a busy period for Training for Tomorrow (T4T). Read more

Twitter hour summary

By Tim Pearce, SRA Policy Executive, 20 June 2014

Many thanks to all those who took part in our second Twitter Hour. Contributors raised a variety of questions about T4T, with a strong focus on our new approach to continuing competence. Read more

New regulations go live

By Tim Pearce, SRA Policy Executive, 13 June 2014

The LSB has approved the changes to the Training Regulations which are part of our Training for Tomorrow reform and Red Tape Initiative. Read more

CPD, after hours

By Seemaab Naseem , Policy Project Officer, 9 June 2014

By Seemaab Naseem , Policy Project Officer, 9 June 2014 Crispin Passmore, SRA executive director, has published a guest blog on the Law Gazette website. In his blog, Crispin summarises the response to our plans for the future of Continuing Professional Development and outlines what we are working on in the coming months to support this change. Read more

Twitter Hour

By Seemaab Naseem, SRA Policy Project Support Officer, 9 June 2014

We are holding an open twitter hour on 19 June, 1-2pm, to engage with anyone interested in knowing more about Training for Tomorrow. We will be answering any questions you have about Training for Tomorrow live. Read more

Ditching the hours

By Julie Brannan, SRA Director of Education and Training, 3 June 2014

Julie Brannan, Director of Education and Training at the SRA has published a guest blog on the Legal Futures website. She sets out the benefits of our new approach to continuing competence and the timescale for implementation. What approach will you take to ensure competence? Read more

CPD and competence

By Tim Pearce, SRA Policy Executive, 28 March 2014

At our road shows, we've been asking delegates to write a blog on our proposals in the Continuing Competence consultation Read more

Continuing competence toolkit coming soon

By Richard Williams, SRA Policy Executive, 9 March 2015

It's been a while since our last blog, but that doesn't mean we haven't been busy delivering the T4T programme. Read more

How can we change our approach to CPD

By Tim Pearce, SRA Policy Executive, 6 March 2014

We want your views on how we can change our approach to CPD to better assure consumers that they receive competent legal services. Read more

Regulation Review Roadshows

By Tim Pearce, SRA Policy Executive, 3 March 2014

Good numbers of solicitors, academics, trainees and students have turned out at all four of the SRA's roadshows themed around our Regulations Review consultation, which closed on 25 February. Read more

Bonfire of the Regulations

By Simon Bullock, SRA Policy Executive, 29 January 2014

You may have seen that late last year, we launched a consultation on changes to our training regulations. This is one of the first tangible 'products' of our Training for Tomorrow programme, and it also continues the work we started a year ago on the Red Tape Initiative. Read more

Autumn roadshows summary

By Seemaab Naseem, SRA Policy Project Support Officer, 9 January 2014

As part of Training for Tomorrow we want to engage with as many stakeholders as possible including solicitors, training providers, students and trainees to help us develop our policies. Read more

Competence, fitness or safety?

By Tim Pearce, SRA Policy Executive, 6 December 2013

The venue for the final Training for Tomorrow roadshow of 2013 was Nottingham Law School.  Read more

Discussion healthy at Manchester Roadshows

By Seemaab Naseem, SRA Policy Project Support Officer, 28 November 2013

The Manchester Roadshows this week set out to encourage people's input when discussing our plans and to increase understanding in the legal and educational communities of what we are doing and why Read more

Finding the right balance

By Tim Pearce, SRA Policy Executive, 22 November 2013

A well-attended T4T session at Bristol last night saw a lively debate, with many issues raised by the practitioners, trainees and legal education providers who attended. Many of the issues facing T4T were discussed in depth, and a key theme that emerged was one of balance. For instance, attendees explored the idea of a new competence standard for qualification as a solicitor, including discussion of the list of key skills from the Cardiff Roadshows. Read more

No fog on the Tyne

By Tim Pearce, SRA Policy Executive, 21 November 2013

The Newcastle SRA Roadshow at Northumbria University on 19 November was attended by a good mix of practitioners, students, trainees and academics, as well as Steven Vaughan, SRA Education and Training Committee, who was able to advise on many of the strategic issues raised. Read more

Should the qualification framework be more flexible?

By Tim Pearce, SRA Policy Executive, 15 November 2013

We had a great turnout for the Roadshow in London on Wednesday. Read more

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