One of the main functions of the second phase of the Essential Digital Skills CPD programme from the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) is to support teachers and trainers delivering Essential Digital Skills courses in the most challenging settings, notably:
A core mission of the new digital entitlement introduced this summer is to reduce barriers, open doors and enable everyone aged 19+ with no or low digital skills, especially learners in these settings with their particular challenges, to reap the benefits of digital technology. It is therefore a key part of the Essential Digital Skills CPD programme to support teachers and trainers in these contexts to help their learners gain access to the courses for the digital entitlement and develop their skills for life and work as set out in the national standards.
Pathway specific activities have been developed for teachers and trainers in each of these settings including:
The first pathway-specific webinar was held on 14 October and focused on ‘Exploring Essential Digital Skills delivery in Prison Education and the Probation Service’, looking at issues of technology barriers and engagement. It featured panellists:
The session shared a range of practical ideas and received a very positive response from those attending. Comments included:
“Brilliant session, thank you all so much.”
“Thank you so much. Really benefited from this session.”
“Very interesting and informative thanks.”
“Some interesting ideas here, thanks everyone.”
“Thank you, has been great to hear all the great stuff people have been doing.”
The next pathway webinar ‘Exploring Essential Digital Skills for teachers and trainers supporting ESOL learners’ on 21 October included a similar range of expert panellists:
The session covered embedding digital skills in ESOL contexts, ensuring ESOL learners can access blended and remote learning, improving ESOL practitioners’ digital skills and the requirements of the EDS qualifications.
Further pathway-specific webinars are available to book now:
Exploring EDS for teachers and trainers supporting learners with SEND takes place at 4pm on 18 November
Exploring EDS for teachers and trainers supporting learners on Preparation for Life and Work programmes takes place at 4pm on 25 November.
For details of other upcoming pathway-specific events and access to recordings of previous events, visit the Enhance Digital Teaching Platform.
All elements of the programme are fully-funded by the Department for Education and are therefore free to the sector.
For information on the overall Essential Digital Skills CPD programme, visit the ETF website.