Guest Blog

Developing a ‘two-way street’ partnership between college and industry

The Technology Faculty at Activate Learning has been working with employers to produce cross-curricular projects with a maths and English focus. It is now working with employers and education providers across the Thames Valley region to develop this work into a road map for employer engagement, endorsed by local enterprise partnerships and other groups, that […]


New FE teachers talk about their early experiences of their new roles

There are many different routes into becoming an FE teacher, trainer or assessor. More information on these routes can be found via the FE Advice website. The following FE teachers tell of their early experiences of switching from working in industry into teaching. New FE teachers, Scott Stevenson, Lecturer in Plastering at Kirklees College, Jamie […]


HETA Digital Academy: reflections on embedding digital technologies

Scott Rorrison is the Teaching & Learning Improvement Manager at Humberside Engineering Training Association (HETA). Here, he explains the work he has been doing under the auspices of the Education and Training Foundation’s Advanced Practitioner Connect Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment project to embed the use of digital technologies there. Some people think the Ofsted […]


The Outstanding Teaching Learning and Assessment (OTLA) Digital projects – February update

Pete Munday Associate at the Education and Training Foundation  Early in 2018, the Education and Training Foundation commissioned a series of OTLA Digital projects. The projects used action research to evidence ways to spread and embed effective practice in the use of technology to achieve measurable improvements in teaching, learning and/or assessment to improve learner […]


How the ETF and SET promote professionalism

  Tricia Odell, Head of QTLS and ATS at the Education and Training Foundation, talks about how the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) and the Society for Education and Training (SET) promote and support professionalism in the Further Education (FE) and Training sector. The two joined bodies aim to help teachers and trainers take ownership of their career […]


How the ETF’s digital strategy, framework and free learning modules support and develop the FE workforce

Vikki Liogier, Head of Learning Technologies at the Education and Training Foundation (ETF), talks about how the ETF’s Digital Teaching Professional Framework, EdTech strategy and the Enhance Digital Teaching Platform will help the Further Education (FE) and Training sector workforce develop and innovate using technology. The ETF are the sector-owned workforce development body and the […]


Pathways to FE programme value highlighted by Westminster Kingsway College participation

The Pathways to Further Education programme aims to raise awareness of FE teaching as a career option amongst final year undergraduates and post-graduates with relevant industry experience, bringing skilled individuals into the sector. Westminster Kingsway College’s recent participation in the programme provides further evidence of its value, as Julie Sinclair, the College’s Associate Director of […]


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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]