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The Skills and Post-16 Education Act 2022 – an opportunity of a generation?

Blog post written by Paul Kessell-Holland, National Head of Curriculum Design Projects, about The Skills and Post-16 Education Act 2022.

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Practitioner research: insights and inspiration from those who have done it

The place of practitioner action research as a tool for driving improvement in Further Education is well-understood, Education and Training Foundation Associate Victor Dejean interviews five colleagues from across the sector about their experiences of practitioner research.

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Rachael Apps of City Lit

New outlook, expanded horizon, widened network: The power of development

Rachael Apps, administrator for quality and tutor development support with additional responsibility for safeguarding at City Lit, explains how she got into the FE and Training sector, and how the professional development she has undertaken recently is impacting on her outlook.

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Jenny Jarvis, interim CEO of the ETF

Championing professionalism in the FE and Training Sector

The first in an ongoing blog series from ETF interim CEO Jenny Jarvis, discussing the ETF’s current and future plans. In this blog, Jenny looks ahead to the upcoming ‘FE conversation’ launch.

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Why do so many FE students struggle with maths?

There are numerous reasons why many young people struggle with maths resits. This article suggests practical solutions to the widespread issues faced by 16-19 maths learners and staff.

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London CfEM Hub MEI FE Maths Challenge Cross-College Final

“The best day in an FE maths teacher’s career…”

There are often times when you are faced with an uphill battle with motivating and engaging our learners, but sometimes, a day can stand out to you as one of the best in your career.

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Yvonne Williams

How can we prevent CPD burning up on re-entry?

Yvonne Williams, a trainer on the ETF’s Advanced mentoring skills for experienced mentors programme, looks at how this mentoring CPD can be durably embedded into organisational and system learning.

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Cath Gladding, National Research Adviser, ETF

Gentle marathons and concrete building: Making the most of CfEM Action Research Mentors 

Cath Gladding, National Research Adviser at the ETF, looks back at the impact of Centres for Excellence in Maths Action Research Mentors.

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International Women’s Day 2022: Women who inspire us

Ahead of International Women’s Day 2022, we asked Education and Training Foundation staff members to tell us about the women who inspire them.

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Variety is the spice of maths: Engaging mastery approaches, Stamford College CfEM

Examining how learners gain confidence from trying things in different ways when it comes to mastery of maths topics.

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Functional Skills: Why they remain important for The Bedford College Group

Nina Sharp of The Bedford College Group discusses why and how Functional Skills qualifications continue to be a key element of their maths and English offer,

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The road to educational recovery

In November 2021, at the Society for Education and Training (SET) annual conference, David Russell, Chief Executive of the Education and Training Foundation (ETF), took part in a panel discussion on educational recovery, with guest speakers Professor Ken Spours from the UCL Institute of Education, and Bally Kaur, Research Lead at the Institute of Education at the University of Derby.

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Moving from the military into FE leadership

Campbell Christie CBE discusses the parallels of his careers in the military and as Principal/CEO of Bracknell and Wokingham College.

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Darren Coogan of Cambridge Regional College

Improving the delivery of GCSE Maths resit programmes

Darren Coogan of Cambridge Regional College talks to the ETF’s Bob Read about his approach to improving the delivery of GCSE Maths resit programmes.

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Polly Harrow ETF Associate

The role of DSL; it’s time to speak up

ETF Associate Polly Harrow looks at the development of the Designated Safeguarding Lead role, arguing that it deserves resourcing, professionalising and supporting in a way which reflects the huge commitment and specialist skillset the job demands.

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