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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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Lifelong learning, social justice and chocolate

Human trafficking, drug addiction and domestic violence – these were just some of the experiences that the learners leading the workshops at Fircroft College had survived, writes Teresa Carroll, Head of Wellbeing and Inclusion at The Education and Training Foundation (ETF). On Thursday, more than 35 learners and staff from the further education sector came together […]

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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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