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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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The travelling sales rep problem

Sarah Brown Managing Consultant, SQW SQW are – for the second year – leading on and delivering the Needs Analysis and the Evaluation of the ETF’s SEND Workforce Development Programme. What have learners with SEND, SEND professionals, and travelling sales reps got in common? This is not the worst joke ever. Have you heard of the problem […]

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The power of organisational values

Jenny Jarvis COO at the Education and Training Foundation As a recent joiner to the Education and Training Foundation (ETF), brought in to help continue the organisational growth and development, the first task I wanted to tackle was the ETF’s values and the behaviours they were driving. Like many organisations, the ETF had values in […]

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Bringing out the best in people: health and wellbeing at work

Jackie Grubb , Principal at City of Westminster College “Bring out the best in people and keep on learning”, is my mantra. In my teaching days I taught anatomy and physiology and sport therapy for the college’s football academy, so I have always had a good understanding of how the body works and how important […]

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Showcasing practice to improve outcomes for learners with SEND

Cheryl Swales Project Manager at AELP There is a great emphasis at present on local authorities, education providers and employers to ensure that learners who have a special educational need or disability (SEND) receive the high-quality provision they deserve. A number of case studies have been written and statistics produced but what does this all […]

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