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Supporting SEND learners by taking a neurodiversity approach

Simon Beer, Head of Service for Haringey Adult Learning Service, explains why he believes in the value of taking a strengths-based approach in the classroom to support SEND learners and why he is heartened by the attitudinal shift of employers in the fight to challenge stigma in the workplace. Haringey Adult Learning Service (HALS) is a […]

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From Forces to Further Forces, through Further Education

Campbell Christie CBE shares his journey from biology teacher, through a career in the Royal Navy and service as CEO and Principal of Bracknell and Wokingham College, to ETF Associate and ambassador for the Further Forces Programme.  I trained originally as a Biology teacher and then taught in a secondary school for three years, before […]

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Colleges Week 2018: Darren Hankey on the value of dual professionalism in FE

Darren Hankey, Principal of Hartlepool College of Further Education, explains why he believes the strengths of being a dual professional are so often overlooked when it comes to looking at the inspirational work done by colleges in the Further Education and Training sector. Colleges are an essential part of England’s education system, educating and training […]

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The Outstanding Teaching Learning and Assessment (OTLA) Digital projects – October update

Pete Munday Associate at the Education and Training Foundation  In our first blog we told you about the nine Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment Digital projects.  They are using action research to evidence the most effective ways to spread and embed effective practice in the use of technology to achieve measurable improvements in teaching, learning […]

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Teach Too: Building a Professional Community of Practice

Cerian Ayres, Head of Technical Education at the Education and Training Foundation Welcome to the Teach Too blog: Building a Professional Community of Practice We invite you as Further Education (FE) and Training sector providers and employers to contribute to the Teach Too blog to share your learning, experiences, resources and ideas as we work collaboratively […]

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Thinking environment for family learning

Maria Brand (Wirral Lifelong and Family Learning Service) and Lou Mycroft (Thinking Environment mentor) discuss their experiences of using Thinking Environment techniques in family learning. More than 100 Advanced Practitioners (APs) across England and Wales have been exploring Thinking Environment processes to create spaces for colleagues and learners to think better together as part of […]

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The Outstanding Teaching Learning and Assessment (OTLA) Digital projects

Pete Munday Associate at the Education and Training Foundation  The ETF has commissioned a series of OTLA Digital projects.   These projects are run by  Creative Education (OTLA South Central) and The Newcastle Group (OTLA NE and Cumbria). The aim is to use action research to evidence the most effective ways to spread and embed effective […]

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Creating an education technology (EdTech) competency framework to promote new pedagogic approaches

Vikki Liogier, Head of Learning Technologies at the Education and Training Foundation (ETF). In this blog, Vikki explains how the ETF is supporting the Further Education and Skills workforce to become digital citizens with the development of a pedagogic EdTech competency framework (EdTechComp). My role at the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) involves supporting staff […]

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Dealing with the pressure to be outstanding

Tina Bullen, SET member and teacher-trainer. SET member Tina Bullen is a teacher-trainer delivering PGCE and Cert Ed qualifications at a mixed-economy college. She has recently completed a PGCHEP qualification, during which she completed a research project on graded observations and their effects on trainee teachers. Tina explains why she was inspired to set up a […]

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I can’t keep calm. I’m going to be a teacher!

Teresa Carroll, Head of Wellbeing and Social Inclusion at the Education and Training Foundation. The ETF’s Rehabilitation in Action programme is working with prisoners to help them gain teaching skills. Teresa Carroll meets learners and their teachers at HMP Eastwood Park as they celebrate completion of their course with an awards ceremony. The slogan ‘I […]

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Could you train others in your profession or trade in the Further Education sector?

Howard Pilott,  Head of Development and Advice of Initial Teacher Education (ITE). Further education colleges need experienced people from industry and the trades to pass on their skills, and you don’t need a teaching qualification at the outset. As June is Have a Go Month, Howard Pilott, of the FE Advice service at the Education […]

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Why our Society for Education and Training matters and why you should join

  Dan Williams, Chair of the Society for Education and Training (SET). Chair of the Society for Education and Training (SET), Dan Williams, looks at how joining SET – the only professional membership body dedicated to the FE and Training sector – can enhance your career and support your professional development. Professionalism is a highly contested, […]

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Why data, evidence and evaluation matters more than ever to FE policy-makers and leaders

Charlynne Pullen Head of Data and Evaluation at the Education and Training Foundation Good policy-making and strategy building always has to start with data, evidence and evaluation – the bricks and mortar that keep the policy framework together. The Further Education (FE) and Training sector is no different to any other area of public policy. […]

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Reflections on the Association of Colleges and the Education and Training Foundation’s Spring Policy Conference 2018

Gary Phillips Director of Professional Development at the Education and Training Foundation   Last week, college principals and senior figures in the further education sector came together in Nottingham to explore and help shape key government policy and reflect on the big issues affecting the sector. The Association of Colleges (AoC) and the Education and […]

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Further Education’s Forgotten Army

Bob Parsons A member of SET and the SET Practitioner Advisory Group (PAG) Bob Parsons, SET member and member of SET’s Practitioner Advisory Group (PAG), explains why he feels learning support assistants need more recognition in the world of teaching, along with continued opportunities to enhance their skills and qualifications. What have learners with SEND, […]

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