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DiVA Apprenticeships: The training was instrumental to our success in becoming an Apprentice Assessment Organisation (AAO)

Tim Chewter Head of Research & Communications, Strategic Development Network (SDN) DiVA Apprenticeships recently became an approved Apprentice Assessment Organisation (AAO).  We caught up with their Director, Arit Eminue, to find out how the recent Future Apprenticeship workshop helped DiVA to get to where they are today. DiVA is a recruitment and training organisation specialising […]

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Refreshing the sector needs analysis

Jo Hutchinson SQW SQW are leading the evaluation of the ETF SEND workforce development programme during 2017/18. The first step is assessing the workforce development needs of the Further Education (FE) and skills sector for improving outcomes for learners with SEND. There are many challenges facing providers and their workforce in addition to the SEND […]

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Teaching is at the heart of the skills plan

Paul Kessell-Holland Head of Partnerships, Education and Training Foundation In order to deliver the skilled workers our economy needs, education and industry need to forge closer links, says Paul Kessell-Holland. The rapid pace of change in technical education shows no signs of slowing. There has been an endless succession of commissions, reports, recommendations and plans, […]

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Apprenticeship reforms: seizing the opportunity

Alison Morris Head of Technical and Vocational Education and Training, Education and Training Foundation The reforms of the apprenticeship system are well underway and there are over 2,200 providers on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers who are ready, keen and eager to deliver. Many of these providers are experienced and already delivering. However, there […]

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Advanced Teacher Status: The next step for the teaching profession

David Russell Chief Executive, Education and Training Foundation Charles Dickens would know how to sum up the state of FE today. When I look across the FE landscape it does indeed seem to be “the best of times; the worst of times”. The best of times because the political consensus has never been stronger that […]

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Prevent duty – as important as ever

Selina Stewart Prevent Lead Associate, Education and Training Foundation Sadly the Prevent duty’s relevance has become even more obvious since the horrific events recently in Manchester and London. Over the last year we have seen terrorism driven by right wing extremism as well as by a corruption of the Islamic faith. Whichever ideology is being […]

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How small changes can make a big difference in student attendance

Bibi Groot and Susannah Hume, Behavioural Insights Team Small changes can have big effects. For example, short and personalised text messages sent to learners can help improve pass rates by 12 per cent. Or, an online writing assignment helped increase attendance rates by nearly 10 per cent. We discuss these and more results of our […]

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Men and mental health – what does it mean for education and training?

Kathryn James, ETF Associate Prince Harry’s frank and honest interview about his own mental health has been praised widely, and rightly so.  His openness can do much to break down the stigma about mental health problems for all, but especially for men. At any one time it is believed that one in five women and one […]

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Refreshing the SEND Exhibition Site

Ruth Perry, SEND consultant and ETF associate, who re-designed the ETF SEND Exhibition Site, reflects on the process of trying to create a truly useful post-16 SEND resource. “A one-stop shop for time-pressed professionals working in post-16 education and training to cover all their SEND needs.”  How’s that for a brief to refresh the Education […]

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The role of senior leaders and managers in inclusive learning

Joyce Deere worked for 16 years as an inspector, with a specialism in SEND.  She is currently working as a consultant and researcher, supporting improving inclusive practice across the FE sector. It is encouraging to see the growing recognition of the importance of senior managers and governors / trustees in the strategic planning and monitoring […]

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Leadership programme to improve outcomes for learners with SEND

New guidance and materials for senior leaders, trustees and governors of Further Education (FE) colleges have been produced as part of the SEND Workforce Development Project, led by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) on behalf of the Department for Education. The guidance, produced by Manchester Metropolitan University and The Inclusion Circle, will be made […]

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How competition can remove barriers for disabled students

Clare Howard, Chief Executive, Natspec The recent blog by Kathryn James discussed how the Paralympics has contributed to changing perceptions of disability. Paralympians, she wrote, are now seen as athletes like any other, and FE can begin to experience the same shift in attitudes relating to learners with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) who should be […]

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The lessons we can learn from the Paralympics

  Kathryn James, Project Lead for SEND Over the last four years there has been much made of the success of the Olympics and Paralympics in 2012 and even more so in 2016. Much of this is due to the funding from the Lottery that created an infrastructure that enabled Team GB athletes to receive […]

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Making the Send Reforms Work

Sarah Brown and Michael Frearson from SQW discuss the needs of the FE and skills sector as providers implement the SEND reforms, and consider how the SEND Workforce Development Project can support this process. Ensuring all learners with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) – including those without an EHC (Education, Health and Care) plan […]

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CEO blog: Department Wars : Episode (one thousand and) Four – a New Hope

David Russell, CEO, Education and Training Foundation @DavidRussellETF The Government has abolished BIS (the department which led on FE and skills).  All of FE and HE policy has been moved into DfE.  This now mirrors the position from 2001 to 2007, when the Department was called DfES (Department for Education and Skills).  So what ?  […]

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