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Paul Tully

Social value in the FE and Skills sector 

Dr Paul Tully discusses the Education and Training Foundation’s Social Value in FE Skills Sector Survey. Social value summarises the varied social, psychological and community benefits that a service like education offers people who engage with it. To promote the ‘social value’ that Further Education (FE) and Skills providers achieve for their learners and for […]

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Dr Lou Mycroft

Further Education and Skills: Changing systems of change

Dr Lou Mycroft reflects on the launch event for the Changing Systems of Change report. This is such a pivotal time for our sector. In the aftermath of a general election, with chaos in the world and much of it playing out in our classrooms, Further Education (FE) and Skills has an opportunity to step […]

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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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Diversity and sustainability at centre stage of ‘month of learning’

In the lead up to November’s ‘month of learning’, I wrote about how the FE sector is ‘stronger together’. One critical way to achieving this is through an inclusive culture which enables a diverse range of voices to share their experiences and knowledge.

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Teaching and learning at its best should reflect the diversity of our learners’ worlds 

Article by Teresa Carroll, National Head of Inclusion at the ETF, on diversity and learning in the FE sector.

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Maths delivery in a time of Covid-19: West Suffolk College’s successful start to 2020–21

ETF Regional Specialist Lead Bob Read talks to Dominic Nice of West Suffolk College about maths delivery at the start of the 2020-21 academic year

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The Online Educator: The Art of Effective Online Communication

Article by Simon Day, Vice-President of Education at Toastmasters International

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Let’s build a more inclusive world 

Teresa Carroll, the ETF’s National Head of Inclusion, writes about diversity, inclusion and the Tomorrow’s leaders: a world beyond disability publication.

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David Russell

What do we want from the FE White Paper?

The ETF Thinks… article by David Russell, Chief Executive of the Education and Training Foundation.

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David Russell

Digital pedagogy: diesel trains or aeroplanes?

The ETF Thinks… article by David Russell, Chief Executive of the Education and Training Foundation.

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The three technical teaching fellowship awardees with their certificates Jan 2019

It’s all about innovation

Inspiration and innovation are always linked. As Albert Einstein famously said, “You can’t solve a problem on the same level that it was created. You have to rise above it to the next level.”

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So what is the Further Education system?

In this blog, Teresa Carroll, the ETF’s National Head of Inclusion, writes about why the ‘So What is the FE Sector?’ guide was developed.

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Meet Chris Fairclough – an example of the kind of success stories the ETF helps to write

There is no such thing as a typical user of ETF support. But if you’re looking for someone who can be said to embody the ETF’s offer, then you need look no further than Chris Fairclough, lecturer and curriculum team leader for nuclear engineering at Lakes College

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Event Focus: National Advanced Practitioner Conference 2020 – Embed, Extend, Enhance

Event Focus blog by Lou Mycroft about the National Advanced Practitioner Conference on 27 March 2020.

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Advanced Practitioner Programme: Collaborative Projects 2019–2020

On Thursday 10 October, nearly 40 managers from Myserscough, Kendal and Barnsley Colleges met in Barnsley to take forward the Education and Training Foundation Advanced Practitioner (AP) project ‘Developing a Culture of Excellence through Collaboration’.

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