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Neurodiversity: Unleashing potential in learners

Thinking about conditions such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD and autism just as special educational needs or learning difficulties may prevent teachers and trainers recognising some learners’ potential, Remploy Disability Training and Consultancy Specialist Kath Wood believes. Ahead of new ETF–Remploy training and webinars specifically for the Further Education and Training sector in February and March, […]

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New year, new diary – get filling it with the help of ETF’s Further Education Sector events calendar

By Charley Francis, Education and Training Foundation’s Senior Digital Communications and Events Officer.   Be it New Year’s resolutions, undertaking the challenge of Dry January or finally making the most of that gym membership, January is a time when a lot of us look to start bettering ourselves and make a bright start to the […]

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Helping teachers encourage female learners into STEM

Ellie Bennett is a civil engineering lecturer at Stephenson College and part-time architectural designer. Find out why she believes teachers need to promote female ambassadors in STEM before learners reach further education, and how improving self-efficacy in the classroom, and at home, is key to encouraging girls into STEM careers. I remember the exact moment […]

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The DfE funded Side by Side course, teaching the FE Sector about Prevent duty, Extremism and Radicalism, explained

In this blog, ETF’s Selina Stewart and Pete Munday explain how the Side by Side modules are supporting providers with a resource which improves learners understanding of the dangers of radicalisation. Selina Stewart Pete Munday Our roles at the Education and Training Foundation involve supporting providers with their Prevent duty including updating the Prevent for […]

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Part two: Putting neurodiversity at the heart of our approach to SEND

In the second part of his blog series on neurodiversity, Simon Beer, Head of Service for Haringey Adult Learning Service, explains why a strengths-based approach is not a tool to label individuals, but is about valuing learners equally.  Neurodiversity is an idea that emerged in the 1990’s which asserts that atypical (neurodivergent) neurological development is […]

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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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