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Was the completion of ATS really worth all the bother, hassle and late nights?

David Smith, an educator in the Police and one of the first cohort of individuals to attain Advanced Teacher Status (ATS) in 2018, reflects on the process and what his achievement has meant for him, his colleagues and his organisation. My initial engagement with peers The whole ATS experience was a roller coaster journey which seemed […]

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Britain’s got talent. It just needs to be introduced to FE.

Its name may have changed, but the intent of the Talent to Teach in FE programme has not. Its strength of purpose is reflected in it having recently reached the 300 participants milestone. Three-hundred is a significant number, but what it represents is even more significant. Because it’s not just a number, it’s 300 real […]

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The importance of Taking Teaching Further

  Alison Morris, Executive Director of Programmes at the Education and Training Foundation (ETF), outlines the importance of the Taking Teaching Further programme, a Department for Education-funded initiative managed by the ETF, to boost the FE and Training Sector long-term through encouraging and developing industry collaboration and recruitment.   The significant and welcome focus on […]

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Watershed moment for TLPD

It feels like a watershed moment in the preparation for T Levels. The visual identity for the programmes has been unveiled. While just one aspect of a brand, as marketing colleagues tell me – the emergence of a visual identity makes T Levels that little bit more tangible and provides a reminder that they will […]

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The ETF’s Enhance Digital Teaching Platform continues to hit milestones and evolve

    Vikki Liogier, Head of Learning Technologies at the Education and Training Foundation, provides an update on the Enhance Digital Teaching Platform.       The Education and Training Foundation’s (ETF’s) EdTech online training service, the Enhance Digital Teaching Platform, has recently hit several important milestones: 2,000 bite-size training modules completed 1,000 digital badges […]

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The impact of dialogic teaching on English and maths progress

Dialogic interventions in teaching English and maths (and science) could improve learner progress. The dialogic approach emphasises the use of dialogue in the classroom to help learners to reason, discuss, argue, and explain in order to develop their higher order thinking and their articulacy. Dialogic interventions were developed, delivered and evaluated by a team from […]

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Exchanging Success – Liverpool, Durham and Leeds 2019

  During May, Professional Exchange Network PD North came together with the Education and Training Foundation’s CPD programme Shaping Success, to generate a refreshed series of practitioner-focused ‘how to/why to’ events across the North of England – Exchanging Success. If you missed out, you can experience some of the events’ buzz via the Twitter hashtag […]

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Event Focus: #ReimagineFE19 Conference

In this month’s Event Focus blog, Suzanne Savage, Doctoral Researcher and Assistant Lecturer in the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences (HELS) at Birmingham City University, writes about the 4th annual ‘#ReimagineFE19 Conference’ taking place at Birmingham City University on Tuesday 2 July 2019.   Called “the most important CPD experience of the year” by […]

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Gaining ATS brings benefits beyond simply improving teaching practice

Gaining Advanced Teacher Status has benefits way beyond simply improving teaching practice and is recognised by colleagues, students, employers and family alike. Elaine Battams – who was a member of the first tranche of teachers and trainers to achieve ATS – of Barnfield College explains. My college has done a great deal to recognise my […]

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OTLA projects explore how the digital capability of students can support staff in their use of technology in their practice

Colin Bentwood, Managing Director of the Strategic Development Network (SDN), writes how four collaborative OTLA Digital projects have explored how the digital capability of students can be harnessed to support staff in their use of technology for teaching, learning and assessment. The projects tested a variety of models of student-staff partnership. Students worked alongside teaching […]

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Event Focus: Ann Gravells’ Improving professionalism to achieve outstanding teaching, learning and assessment

In our second Event Focus blog, Ann Gravells, author and training consultant, writes about her CPD event – ‘Improving professionalism to achieve outstanding teaching, learning and assessment’. The event is taking place in Leeds on Friday 14 June. It is aimed at anyone who works in the further education and training sector, no matter what their […]

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Post-16 and Maths Mastery at Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education

As part of the ETF project Teaching for Mastery in Maths, Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education (GIFHE) has been trialling teaching methods with a GCSE Resit class and formulating a new scheme of work to suit this approach. Emma Bell, GIFHE’s Maths Enhancement Manager, describes how the vision and methods adopted for this […]

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Find out more about Advanced Teacher Status (ATS)

Patricia Odell, Head of ATS and QTLS, and Dr Catherine Manning, ATS Operations Manager, explain more about Advanced Teacher Status (ATS). This 15-minute podcast also features an ATS awardee and ATS mentor who explain the benefits of applying for ATS and how to ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible. Listen to any of […]

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Event Focus: Skills & Education Group’s Celebrating Success in a Changing Landscape

In our first Event Focus blog, Ellie Hanson, Digital Communications Officer at the Skills and Education Group, writes about this year’s Skills and Education Group conference – ‘Celebrating Success in a Changing Landscape’. The conference will bring together practitioners, managers, senior leaders, governors and stakeholders from across the sector to explore topics such as adult education […]

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Mastering a mindset for maths

In my experience at school, and later as a teacher educator in the further education sector (FE), few subjects elicit such strong emotions as maths. How ironic for a subject which is predominantly rule bound and based on logic, writes Sarah Boodt, Senior Lecturer, Placement Lead Post-16 and Further Education. My recollections of school maths lessons conjure […]

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