Guest Blog

OTLA projects explore how the digital capability of students can support staff in their use of technology in their practice

  Colin Bentwood, Managing Director of the Strategic Development Network (SDN), writes how four collaborative OTLA Digital projects have explored how the digital capability of students can be harnessed to support staff in their use of technology for teaching, learning and assessment. The projects tested a variety of models of student-staff partnership.   Students worked […]

Event Focus: Ann Gravells’ Improving professionalism to achieve outstanding teaching, learning and assessment

In our second Event Focus blog, Ann Gravells, author and training consultant, writes about her CPD event – ‘Improving professionalism to achieve outstanding teaching, learning and assessment’. The event is taking place in Leeds on Friday 14 June. It is aimed at anyone who works in the further education and training sector, no matter what their […]

Post-16 and Maths Mastery at Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education

As part of the ETF project Teaching for Mastery in Maths, Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education (GIFHE) has been trialling teaching methods with a GCSE Resit class and formulating a new scheme of work to suit this approach. Emma Bell, GIFHE’s Maths Enhancement Manager, describes how the vision and methods adopted for this […]

Find out more about Advanced Teacher Status (ATS)

Patricia Odell, Head of ATS and QTLS, and Dr Catherine Manning, ATS Operations Manager, explain more about Advanced Teacher Status (ATS). This 15-minute podcast also features an ATS awardee and ATS mentor who explain the benefits of applying for ATS and how to ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible. Listen to any of […]

Event Focus: Skills & Education Group’s Celebrating Success in a Changing Landscape

In our first Event Focus blog, Ellie Hanson, Digital Communications Officer at the Skills and Education Group, writes about this year’s Skills and Education Group conference – ‘Celebrating Success in a Changing Landscape’. The conference will bring together practitioners, managers, senior leaders, governors and stakeholders from across the sector to explore topics such as adult education […]

Mastering a mindset for maths

In my experience at school, and later as a teacher educator in the further education sector (FE), few subjects elicit such strong emotions as maths. How ironic for a subject which is predominantly rule bound and based on logic, writes Sarah Boodt, Senior Lecturer, Placement Lead Post-16 and Further Education. My recollections of school maths lessons conjure […]

‘Seeking QTLS doesn’t mean I want to jump ship’

Seeking qualifications like QTLS should be encouraged by colleges as a badge of professionalism, Kerry Scattergood says. I was astonished when my internal application for funding to gain the Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status was rejected by my college. It seemed such a good thing to me, so I was taken aback that […]

‘In turbulent times, college chairs play a crucial role’

College governors have never been more important – now is the time to invest in them, writes Sir Frank McLoughlin. The scale and complexity of the challenges that colleges face are at an unprecedented level. The pressures on college CEOs and principals are particularly demanding: the ability to lead their organisations to deliver on a […]

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 […]