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Why should we consider becoming a SET Corporate Partner?

Steph Wallis, Relationship Manager for the Society for Education and Training (SET), explains how becoming a SET Corporate Partner can help leaders ensure their teams are prepared for the challenges facing the Further Education and Training sector. Leaders of organisations in the post-16 learning and skills sectors have always recognised the need for a highly […]

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CfEM blog: Adapting a mastery approach for post-16 students

Blog by Steve Pardoe, the ETF’s Regional Maths Lead in the East Midlands and South East regions, for the Centres for Excellence in Maths (CfEM) programme.
East Kent College (EKC) Group is a family of five further education colleges and three business units, which collectively deliver high quality technical and vocational education to some 12,000 students in Broadstairs, Canterbury, Dover, Folkestone and Sheppey, whilst also providing a range of Apprenticeships, higher education, prison and employability training and professional development. 

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CfEM blog: What do this year’s GCSE maths result tell us?

Blog by Eddie Playfair, Senior Policy Manager at Association of Colleges (AoC) for the Centres for Excellence in Maths (CfEM) programme. Nearly 25,000 16 to 18-year-old resit students have improved their GCSE maths performance to grade 4 or above this year. This is a 2% increase in numbers from last year. Virtually every one of […]

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Event Focus: AELP Autumn Conference

In this month’s Event Focus blog, Aidan Relf, Director of Public Affairs at Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP), writes about the AELP Autumn Conference 2019 taking place in Manchester on Tuesday 29 October 2019.   The AELP Autumn Conference 2019 is taking place at a time of almost unprecedented political uncertainty. The main […]

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First steps of the Essential Digital Skills CPD programme

The new Essential Digital Skills entitlement will enable adults aged 19+ with no or low digital skills to undertake ‘essential digital skills’ qualifications free of charge from 2020. The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has been commissioned by the Department for Education to develop a significant CPD programme to support teachers and trainers in delivering […]

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Reflections of a new SEND manager

By Thoria King, SEND Manager at the London Borough of Hillingdon. I thought I had one of the most worthwhile jobs in the sector when I worked in prisons. I was, after all, helping people learn skills and gain qualifications to move on in their lives. After 19 ½ years though, I felt it was time […]

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CfEM blog: How do students feel about retaking GCSE Maths?

Blog by Eddie Playfair, Senior Policy Manager at the Association of Colleges (AoC), for the Centres for Excellence in Maths (CfEM) programme.   Our project is based on the assumption that achieving a grade 4 in GCSE Maths is of great benefit to students; supporting their progression and improving their opportunities. But what do the […]

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CfEM blog: Making effective use of technology and data in maths teaching

Blog by Eddie Playfair, Senior Policy Manager at the Association of Colleges (AoC), for the Centres for Excellence in Maths (CfEM) programme.   The use of digital technologies refers to computing devices such as laptops, notebooks and smartphones as well as calculators. It also includes the software being used, for example, graphical and spreadsheet applications. […]

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CfEM blog: What is mastery?

Blog by Eddie Playfair, Senior Policy Manager at the Association of Colleges (AoC), for the Centres for Excellence in Maths (CfEM) programme.   The idea of mastery learning can be traced back to the work of psychologist Benjamin Bloom and his 1971 book ‘Mastery learning: Theory and practice’. In England, much of the recent work […]

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CfEM blog: Motivation and Engagement

Blog by Eddie Playfair, Senior Policy Manager at the Association of Colleges (AoC), for the Centres for Excellence in Maths (CfEM) programme.   We know that motivation and engagement are major issues for students up to Level 2, who often bring a sense of failure from their previous experience of doing maths and their relative lack of […]

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CfEM blog: What is Contextualisation?

Blog by Eddie Playfair, Senior Policy Manager at the Association of Colleges (AoC), for the Centres for Excellence in Maths (CfEM) programme. The first theme considered for the Centres for Excellence in Maths programme was contextualisation (Theme 3). This is defined as being engagement with mathematical ideas and structures in real-world situations. This is seen […]

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TLPD: Professional Development Adviser visits

By Harriet Harper As part of the T Level Professional Development (TLPD) offer, the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) provides the organisations confirmed to deliver T Levels with a Professional Development Adviser (PDA). I lead the team of 19 PDAs. It’s a really experienced team, including former college principals, senior managers and inspectors, as well […]

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Event Focus: AoC/ETF Autumn Term Curriculum Conference

In this month’s Event Focus blog, Catherine Sezen, Policy Manager at the Association of Colleges (AoC), writes about 2020/2021 Horizon Scanning and the AoC/ETF Autumn Term Curriculum Conference taking place in London on Tuesday 8 October 2019.   When I worked in a college I always thought a Tardis would be helpful to help me manage my time, […]

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Evidence Informed Practice introduced

Evidence Informed Practice is neither a brand new concept, nor a particularly complicated one. Essentially, it is a cycle of change involving the collaborative planning, testing, implementing and evaluating of approaches for improving practice. Nonetheless, it is yet to be universally embraced or understood, and certainly is not without its challenges. In a jointly-authored blog, […]

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Welcoming new T Level providers for 2021

I wanted to extend a sincere welcome to the organisations who have recently been announced by the Department for Education as T Level providers from 2021. It was great to meet those of you who attended the inception event in June which I hope gave you some insight into the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) […]

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