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Polly Harrow ETF Associate

Safeguarding: Return to Education

ETF Associate Polly Harrow looks at the impact of Covid-19 and the restrictions it has prompted and considers their impact on safeguarding and the issues that must be addressed as learners return to face-to-face learning and a ‘new normal’ is established.

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Truro and Penwith College: Engaging with the ETF’s TLPD offer

Julian Roberts, Head of Employability, Industry Placements and Transition at Truro and Penwith College, describes how the college has engaged with many elements of the TLPD offer and gives us his top tips for delivering T Levels.

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Alex Stevenson

Effective digital skills teaching in the context of digital exclusion: ESOL and non-formal learning

Drawing on research with ESOL practitioners in formal and informal settings, Head of Essential and Life Skills at Learning and Work Institute Alex Stevenson reflects on the links between basic digital skills and other basic skills, including literacy and ESOL.

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What is an effective digital experience for learners?

Sarah Knight, Head of Learning and Teaching Transformation at Jisc, looks at the findings of its recent research on learners’ experiences and expectations of digital learning and asks what can be learnt from them.

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Carmel College: How staff engagement increased following our in-house Understanding T Levels day

Carmel College recently undertook an in-house Understanding T Levels course. Find out why the training day was such a success and why the course has led to increased engagement and excitement amongst college staff.

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Emma Langlois

Delivering foundation digital skills to beginner learners

Emma Langlois, Digital Skills and Preparation for Work Curriculum Manager at Manchester Adult Education, reflects on the lessons that have been learned during the implementation of its Digital Skills for Beginners course.

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6 top tips for effective employer engagement

Dawn Edwards, one of the ETF’s Employer Engagement Co-ordinators, gives us her six top tips for engaging with employers.

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Q&A with a T Level Trainer: The New Teacher Programme

One of the ETF’s CPD Trainers, Eve Thompson, speaks to Wayne Park, Head of Improving Learning at New Durham College, about the New Teacher Programme (NTP) he delivered in March 2021.

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Why the New Teacher Programme and Teaching T Levels courses are invaluable for T Level preparation

Carlyn Peever, one of ETF’s CPD Trainers, speaks to Barking and Dagenham College (BDC) trainers about their involvement in delivering the New Teacher Programme (NTP) and Teaching T Levels (TTL) programme.

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Sue Pember

Entitlement for Essential Digital Skills (EDS) Qualifications – Adult and Community Education

Dr Sue Pember CBE, Policy Director for Holex, considers the increased importance of digital skills for adult learners as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the challenges that must be overcome, including how and by whom they can be most effectively taught.

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Isle of Wight College: Our journey in undertaking the T Level OTNA

In this blog, staff from the Isle of Wight College explain the benefits of undertaking an OTNA and how this has helped them prepare for T Level delivery in 2022.

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The benefits of undertaking your OTNA – by a T Level Co-ordinator

Tom Leahy, T Level Co-Ordinator at Oldham College, tells us about the impact the OTNA process has had on staff preparing for T Level delivery.

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North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College’s experience with the OTNA process

Christopher Tullin, Director for Business Development and Student Employability, explains how he worked closely with Sue Blake, one of the ETF’s Area Relationship and Development Leads, to undertake an OTNA.

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Steve Grix

The Third Functional Skill: We should embed digital skills in all learning activities

In the fifth of a series of Essential Digital Skills ‘Thought Pieces’, Novus Digital Learning Lead Steve Grix focuses on the importance of digital skills to learners in the Prison Education Framework.

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CfESEND blog: City College Norwich on supporting learners with SEND with employment

In this blog post, City College Norwich reflect on how they have been supporting learners with SEND with employment during Covid-19.

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