Case Studies

SET for Teaching Success: Jack Sutcliffe

With more than a decade’s experience as an electrician, Jack Sutcliffe has a wealth of technical and practical knowledge to share. He explains how the SET for Teaching Success programme has helped him begin doing so at Sheffield College. What do you think about the SET for Teaching Success programme? The programme is good. I […]

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SET for Teaching Success: Craig Pike

Craig Pike of Sheffield College discusses his transition from owner of a construction company to FE teacher and the role the SET for Teaching Success programme played in it. What did you do before the SET for Teaching Success programme? Before starting on the SET Programme, I was teaching at Sheffield College for nine months. […]

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SET for Teaching Success: Adam Thompson

Adam Thompson of Vision West Nottinghamshire College discusses his background in the construction industry, how the SET for Teaching Success programme has helped him make the step into teaching in FE and his ambitions for the future. What did you do before the SET for Teaching Success programme? Before the SET for Teaching success programme, […]

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SET for Teaching Success: Steven Cottle

Steven Cottle of Wiltshire College discusses his background in engineering, how the SET for Teaching Success programme has helped him find establish a new career in FE, and his aspiration to attain Advanced Teacher Status. What did you do before the SET for Teaching Success programme? I was working in an engineering factory prior to […]

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SET for Teaching Success: Gemma O’Brien

Gemma O’Brien of Sheffield College, who worked for eight years as a dental nurse and receptionist before embarking on the SET for Teaching Success programme, talks about how it has helped her and the satisfaction she gains from seeing students’ personal and intellectual development. What do you think about the SET for Teaching Success programme? […]

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SET for Teaching Success: Neelan Hussain

Neelam has had a burning ambition to become a teacher from an early age and has gained significant experience to support this. In September 2017, she decided to pursue her passion by starting a PGCE course at Nelson and Colne College (through the University of Huddersfield) via the Education and Training Foundation SET for Teaching […]

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Further Forces: Alex Knowles

Alex was in the RAF for 15 years, working as an Aircraft Technician, he was then promoted to Mechanical Technician Supervisor and subsequently worked as an RAF Recruiter. He is now an Engineering Lecturer at Grantham College and has completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) Level 7 through the Further Forces Programme. Alex […]

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Further Forces ONSIDE Mentor: Mark Hobson

What made you want to be a mentor of Further Forces trainees? I am ex-military and I transitioned into teaching. Also, as an Open University lecturer, I am used to students who are working while studying. Therefore, I offer the Further Forces recruits a real understanding of the process of transition from the Forces to […]

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SET for Teaching Success – employer engagement: Chris Dortel

College tutor Chris Dortel reflects on the three-day work placement he undertook with engineering company DS Engineering. The placement was undertaken as part of the SET for Teaching Success programme, which recruits, trains, mentors and supports new teachers of Science, Engineering and Technology (SET). The programme offers its recruits a unique opportunity to develop additional […]

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Talent to Teach in FE: Nina Vallard

Nina is the incoming Care Leavers Progression Partnership Officer in East Kent Colleges Group. Earlier this year she took part in the Pathways to Further Education (now called Talent to Teach in FE) programme in the same college. She graduated from University of Brighton with a Postgraduate Certificate in Inclusive Arts Practice and is currently […]

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Overall FE provider of the year – TES FE Award winner 2019

Redbridge Institute “Fun” isn’t a word that Ofsted uses lightly. But when the inspectorate published its report on the Redbridge Institute last May, there was no other word that would do. As the glowing report, which found the provider “outstanding” in all areas and identified no areas for improvement, put it: “Teachers have extremely high […]

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FE Leader of the Year – TES FE Award winner 2019

Paul Phillips, Weston College In his 18 years at the helm of Weston College, Paul Phillips has directed a dramatic turnaround in its fortunes. The judges commended Phillips for the proven impact of his leadership which has been sustained over time. Turnover at the college has increased from £9 million when he joined in 2001 […]

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Teacher of the year – TES FE Award winner 2019

Samantha Jones, Bedford College This category recognises tutors who have made “a major contribution to educational life”. Samantha Jones has not only made a contribution to her students but also to the FE sector as a whole through her FE Research Meet initiative. Jones is a part-time advanced practitioner in Bedford College’s Teacher Education and […]

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SET for Teaching Success: Majd Khador

Majd Khador is studying the first year of a Level 7 PGCE course at Derby College, which is helping propel him to his desired career as an engineering teacher. Aged 34, he is new to teaching but has worked in industry. What did you do before the programme? Before being part of the SET for […]

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SET for Teaching Success: Joe Hammond

After successfully completing a Post Compulsory Certificate in Education and Training at Nottingham Trent University through a SET for Teaching Success programme, Joe is enjoying a rewarding teaching career at Lincoln College. He teaches a study programme and apprenticeships to Level 2 and 3 students. What did you do before the programme? Prior to the […]

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