Guest Blog

Event Focus: AELP Autumn Conference

In this month’s Event Focus blog, Aidan Relf, Director of Public Affairs at Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP), writes about the AELP Autumn Conference 2019 taking place in Manchester on Tuesday 29 October 2019.   The AELP Autumn Conference 2019 is taking place at a time of almost unprecedented political uncertainty. The main […]


First steps of the Essential Digital Skills CPD programme

The new Essential Digital Skills entitlement will enable adults aged 19+ with no or low digital skills to undertake ‘essential digital skills’ qualifications free of charge from 2020. The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has been commissioned by the Department for Education to develop a significant CPD programme to support teachers and trainers in delivering […]


Reflections of a new SEND manager

By Thoria King, SEND Manager at the London Borough of Hillingdon. I thought I had one of the most worthwhile jobs in the sector when I worked in prisons. I was, after all, helping people learn skills and gain qualifications to move on in their lives. After 19 ½ years though, I felt it was time […]


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 […]


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. […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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, […]


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, […]


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) […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]