The TLM philosophy is to provide clear progression routes for learners, from the most basic levels of competence, including supporting those with special needs. This includes support for progress to being more independent learners with the capacity to exploit the massive and growing body of free software and information available freely from the internet. We do not dictate to teachers, we just provide free optional tools and flexible systems so that they can decide the best way to motivate their learners to get the best outcomes. We do this within the nationally recognised qualifications systems including performance points because we know most new resources and innovations won't get take up without them.
This progression is recognised and rewarded through certificates at each level of achievement. The assessment details are based on the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) and DfE and Ofqual guidelines. It has the flexibility to link to nationally accredited frameworks, for example, the National Curriculum and GCSE In the UK and more generally other national frameworks especially those referenced to the EQF. The TLM criteria are competence based, designed to enable self and peer assessment to support personalised learning and greater self-sufficiency in learning. Trained independent assessors accredited by TLM must verify the assessments before accredited awards can be made and the assessors have flexibility to tailor learning contexts to local and individual needs. We encourage the use of mobile technologies and web based applications, liberally licensed software and content.
Improving value and enabling more people to participate in formal qualifications are key aspects of the strategy. TLM certification lowers costs compared to traditional qualifications and the learning associated with the TLM IT qualifications enables learners to lower their IT operating costs. This is because we can provide increasing capability in exploiting Open Systems, making maximum use of information and software applications that are freely and legally available from the Internet. Having said this, we don't force anyone to use any particular technologies, we simply highlight issues where savings can be made and generally use free and open source resources when illustrating examples. This enables transition to better ways of working from current positions. The management systems and IT resources used by TLM are all built on Open Source software. For the assessment, matching the assessment criteria with the applications used in the local working context is all that is needed.
Reducing dependency and increasing technological self-sufficiency opens up very low cost learning for all with the longer term potential to reduce costs for businesses making them more competitive. TLM's qualifications combine the best aspects of academic learning with the practical applications associated with vocational training. It can be applied equally to academic or vocational learning. Staff development is built into the model through feedback to assessors through the moderation process that is fully supported by web based tools with the flexibility for schools to use their own systems if they want to. We are not selling software, so we don't feel any pressure to sell you our support systems; what you use is up to you. We are a qualifications provider that where possible provides free supporting resources for learning funded by our qualifications model. We want to make learners and their teachers ready for change and free them from dependency on specific commercial interests so they can make better quality decisions about the technologies they use in the future. This means providing opportunities for higher level learning as well as basic operating skills. We want to empower learners to make choices that can improve the quality of their lives and the competitiveness of their employers. Our long term strategy is to enable economically disenfranchised people to get Internet access and eventually provide a full and free on-line curriculum for schools (and adults who missed out on school) sustained financially by the quality assurance service of certification and community participation.