“I would have been really interested to book a place on that event, but I am teaching on that day.”
“Unfortunately, we are unable to send anyone from the team as the budget for CPD is very limited.”
“I work part time and have caring responsibilities so am not available on that day, which is a real shame as I would have found the research discussion to be very relevant and useful in my current new role.”
As these statements indicate, all too often, and for very valid reasons, Adult and Community Learning (ACL) maths and English practitioners, managers and learning support staff are not able to attend network events, conferences, CPD training, or research events. Many may also work in community settings, geographically separated from their colleagues. All these factors reduce the opportunities for those working in ACL to engage with others in similar contexts, to develop their skills and knowledge, to find out about new developments and share good practice.
In order to support ACL practitioners, managers and learning support staff in a way that is accessible, flexible and responsive, we are introducing an online discussion forum dedicated to ACL providers. It is free to join and can be accessed from providers across the country. The forum enables the exchange of ideas, resources, the sharing of practice and the development of a peer network which can be further developed off-line by meetings, visits and collaborative events.
This forum is designed to focus on practical and topical issues, and to revolve around provider-led discussion about all aspects if delivering and managing maths and English across all settings. Some current areas of discussion include addressing the challenges of online teaching, learning and assessment, and developing the digital skills of staff.
We already have 41 different ACL providers registered on the forum, which includes adult and community colleges, local authority providers and independent training providers. We are really excited by the potential of the forum and would like to encourage all ACL providers nationally to take part.
What do you need to take part?
How to sign up
Just visit the online forum and click on the subscribe button. We look forward to meeting you in the forum!
Dianne Robinson and Sonia Thomas
Regional Specialist Leads for maths and English
Education Training Foundation