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Why data, evidence and evaluation matters more than ever to FE policy-makers and leaders

Charlynne Pullen Head of Data and Evaluation at the Education and Training Foundation Good policy-making and strategy building always has to start with data, evidence and evaluation – the bricks and mortar that keep the policy framework together. The Further Education (FE) and Training sector is no different to any other area of public policy. […]

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Reflections on the Association of Colleges and the Education and Training Foundation’s Spring Policy Conference 2018

Gary Phillips Director of Professional Development at the Education and Training Foundation   Last week, college principals and senior figures in the further education sector came together in Nottingham to explore and help shape key government policy and reflect on the big issues affecting the sector. The Association of Colleges (AoC) and the Education and […]

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Further Education’s Forgotten Army

Bob Parsons A member of SET and the SET Practitioner Advisory Group (PAG) Bob Parsons, SET member and member of SET’s Practitioner Advisory Group (PAG), explains why he feels learning support assistants need more recognition in the world of teaching, along with continued opportunities to enhance their skills and qualifications. What have learners with SEND, […]

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The travelling sales rep problem

Sarah Brown Managing Consultant, SQW SQW are – for the second year – leading on and delivering the Needs Analysis and the Evaluation of the ETF’s SEND Workforce Development Programme. What have learners with SEND, SEND professionals, and travelling sales reps got in common? This is not the worst joke ever. Have you heard of the problem […]

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The power of organisational values

Jenny Jarvis COO at the Education and Training Foundation As a recent joiner to the Education and Training Foundation (ETF), brought in to help continue the organisational growth and development, the first task I wanted to tackle was the ETF’s values and the behaviours they were driving. Like many organisations, the ETF had values in […]

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Bringing out the best in people: health and wellbeing at work

Jackie Grubb , Principal at City of Westminster College “Bring out the best in people and keep on learning”, is my mantra. In my teaching days I taught anatomy and physiology and sport therapy for the college’s football academy, so I have always had a good understanding of how the body works and how important […]

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Showcasing practice to improve outcomes for learners with SEND

Cheryl Swales Project Manager at AELP There is a great emphasis at present on local authorities, education providers and employers to ensure that learners who have a special educational need or disability (SEND) receive the high-quality provision they deserve. A number of case studies have been written and statistics produced but what does this all […]

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Raising aspirations of learners through Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Jon Thedham AoC Create Training Facilitator A close partnership is needed between learners, employers and teaching staff, and the ETF has been pointing the way with Teach Too. What lessons can we draw from it so far? I always remember my first foray into Further Education. I had just returned from working overseas in tourism and […]

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50,000 Learners successfully used our Prevent resources for Learners

Selina Stewart, ETF Prevent Duty expert Side by Side, is a free online learner resource from the Education & Training Foundation (ETF), which can help raise confidence in understanding the dangers of extremism and radicalisation and help in the teaching of British values. Currently more than 50,000 learners have enrolled onto the well-received Side by […]

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What is the sector’s best kept secret?

Teresa Carroll Head of Inclusion and Wellbeing at the Education and Training Foundation A close partnership is needed between learners, employers and teaching staff, and ETF has been pointing the way with Teach Too. What lessons can we draw from it so far? Prison officers struggling to keep control, prisoners intoxicated by a variety of legal […]

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Collaboration is absolutely vital for education reforms to work

Alison Morris Director of Sector Development at the Education and Training Foundation A close partnership is needed between learners, employers and teaching staff, and ETF has been pointing the way with Teach Too. What lessons can we draw from it so far? The relevance and importance of collaboration between providers and employers are brought sharply […]

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Research report 2017: The impact of payment of Governors in Northern Ireland colleges on board effectiveness with implications for England

Colin Forrest Programme Assessor, VET, Leadership and Governance Context Governor remuneration has been an issue in further education in England for some time.  It is a topic that attracts a wide range of strongly held views that draw on practice in other public sectors, the nature of ‘commitment’ for board members as volunteers, being the […]

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Inclusive Skills Competitions – Showcasing skills to employers

Louise Keevil Inclusive Skills Manager, Natspec At the recent Skills Show, we took another step towards removing barriers for disabled students. with the Inclusive Skills competitions. Natspec, with the support of WorldSkills UK and in partnership with the AoC, has been leading the Inclusive Skills initiative to ensure opportunities to take part in skills competitions are […]

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Coding education will unlock future opportunities for today’s learners

Joachim Horn Founder and CEO of SAM Labs SAM Labs is an edtech company that combines hardware and software to bring coding in the classroom to life. It’s no understatement to say that coding will become even more important for the future economy here in the UK and abroad. While older generations might panic at […]

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African mammals and evaluation challenges

Sarah Brown Managing Consultant, SQW There are a herd of wildebeest on a grassy plain. Which is easiest to do? Count the number of giraffes among them, or the zebras, or the number of topi antelope? Giraffes tower over wildebeest so they stand out. Zebras are distinctively black and white against the wildebeest’s brown coat […]

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