Case Studies

Alex Knowles Further Forces SET for Teaching Success graduate and Alison Morris

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

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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Chris at machinery

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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Nina Vallard portrait photograph

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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Winners of Overall Provider of the Tear celebrating with ETF Chief Exec David Russell

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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2019 TES FE Awards Leader of the Year presentation

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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2019 FE Awards Teacher of the Year presentation

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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Angela Morris

My QTLS experience: Angela Morris

SET member Angela Morris is a lecturer and tutor in history and social policy and has been teaching since 1995. Angela explains how Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) has enhanced her confidence as a teacher and encouraged greater discussion about teaching strategies within her organisation. My current role is to deliver a history and sociology courses […]

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Gillian Bagshaw

My QTLS experience: Gillian Bagshaw

Gillian Bagshaw is a talent coach and tutor, previously spending 15 years in a Learning and Development role at Natwest. After recently being awarded Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status (QTLS), Gillian is due to start a new role of Curriculum Manager at Knowledgepool. What was your motivation for undertaking QTLS? After completing DTLLS, I wanted to continue my […]

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Simon Bigrigg and Fida Hussain

Talent to Teach in FE: EKC Group and Fida Hussain

The EKC Group is a major educational institution serving communities across the East Kent area. It has colleges in Broadstairs, Canterbury, Dover, Folkestone and Sheppey. The Teacher Academy recruits and develops teaching staff from industry, especially in hard-to-fill curriculum areas. Simon Bigrigg (above, left) is Head of the Academy. Fida Hussain (above, right) is a […]

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Everton Burke

Governance: Everton Burke, Burton and South Derbyshire College

Everton Burke is Chair of Governors at Burton and South Derbyshire College, a general FE college with the equivalent of  approximately 5,000 full-time students. He worked in FE for more than 25 years, beginning as a lecturer and working his way up to Vice Principal of City College Birmingham. What are your hobbies? I like […]

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Paul Butler

Governance: Paul Butler, Waltham Forest College

Paul Butler is Chair of Governors at Waltham Forest College. In February 2018 Ofsted judged the College to be ‘Good’ in all that it does, describing it as an ‘inclusive college’. Paul shares his extensive experience of FE governance, talking about the challenges he has faced and how he has overcome them, the role of a […]

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Maralba Jani

Talent to Teach in FE: The College of Haringey, Enfield And North East London

The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL), as part of the Capital City College Group (CCCG), attracts over 12,000 students of all ages from local London boroughs as well as further afield. The College was ranked number one in England for student satisfaction in the 2016/17 ESFA survey of FE providers and […]

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