A new programme designed to promote practitioner-led, collaborative professional development across the Further Education and Training sector in England has been launched by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF). Practice Development Groups (PDGs) will facilitate groups of practitioners working in action learning sets on short-term, small-scale projects to improve an aspect of their teaching, learning and assessment over a four-month period.
The PDGs are primarily intended as a precursor to more substantial and systematic approaches to practitioner research, such as the ETF’s collaborative Outstanding Teaching Learning and Assessment (OTLA) projects. They will also welcome practitioners who regularly support others’ development and who may wish to facilitate one of the action learning set groups.
Participants will have two opportunities to take part in the PDGs during the academic year, the first beginning in October and the second in January. They will be expected to focus on enhancing the delivery of English or embedding maths or English into other programmes of study as part of the programme.
The programme is funded by the Department for Education and is being delivered on behalf of the ETF by regional delivery partners. Further details for each region, including how to apply, can be accessed via partners’ websites:
North East Practice Development Group – Newcastle College
North West Practice Development Group – Burnley College
Yorkshire and Humber Practice Development Group – Calderdale College
West Midlands Practice Development Group – Touch Consulting
East Midlands Practice Development Group – Touch Consulting
East of England Practice Development Group – Skills and Education Group
London Practice Development Group – Association of Colleges
South East Practice Development Group – Havant and South Downs College
South West Practice Development Group – Association of Colleges
Further details of the programme are available on the Practice Development Groups page of the ETF website.