Guest Blog

CfEM spotlight: Fareham College – Motivation and Engagement

At Fareham College we are interested in the ‘whole student’ and invest time in improving motivation and engagement with Success Coaches as well as addressing some very real ‘maths anxiety’ through the deployment of our Maths Coaches. 


CfEM spotlight: Warwickshire Colleges Group – Motivation and Engagement

WCG are involved in 2 national trials, as part of the CfEM programme. For the “Motivation and Engagement” theme, we are working on how we can improve mathematical resilience. In our research, strategies for mathematical resilience start in the classroom and build to create a positive influence.


Advanced Practitioner Programme: Collaborative Projects 2019–2020

On Thursday 10 October, nearly 40 managers from Myserscough, Kendal and Barnsley Colleges met in Barnsley to take forward the Education and Training Foundation Advanced Practitioner (AP) project ‘Developing a Culture of Excellence through Collaboration’. The ETF has funded four collaborative projects as part of its Professional Development Programme for APs during 2019–2020. The day […]


How to lead when you’re not in charge

If you work in FE Colleges, especially at middle management levels, or you’re involved with further education in a local authority or through a charity, you want the young people you support to have the best experience they can possibly have, writes Debbie Sorkin, National Director of Systems Leadership.


Turbocharging Essential Digital Skills in the UK

Vikki Liogier, the ETF’s Head of Learning Technology, gives information on Essential Digital Skills and training teachers to deliver basic digital skills qualifications.


Promoting Professionalism across FE


Why should we consider becoming a SET Corporate Partner?

Steph Wallis, Relationship Manager for the Society for Education and Training (SET), explains how becoming a SET Corporate Partner can help leaders ensure their teams are prepared for the challenges facing the Further Education and Training sector. Leaders of organisations in the post-16 learning and skills sectors have always recognised the need for a highly […]


CfEM blog: Adapting a mastery approach for post-16 students

Blog by Steve Pardoe, the ETF’s Regional Maths Lead in the East Midlands and South East regions, for the Centres for Excellence in Maths (CfEM) programme.
East Kent College (EKC) Group is a family of five further education colleges and three business units, which collectively deliver high quality technical and vocational education to some 12,000 students in Broadstairs, Canterbury, Dover, Folkestone and Sheppey, whilst also providing a range of Apprenticeships, higher education, prison and employability training and professional development. 


CfEM blog: What do this year’s GCSE maths result tell us?

Blog by Eddie Playfair, Senior Policy Manager at Association of Colleges (AoC) for the Centres for Excellence in Maths (CfEM) programme. Nearly 25,000 16 to 18-year-old resit students have improved their GCSE maths performance to grade 4 or above this year. This is a 2% increase in numbers from last year. Virtually every one of […]


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 […]