The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) is committed to supporting the Further Education (FE) and Skills workforce to gain the skills needed given the growing importance of digital skills. We have developed initiatives and services to help change the sector’s perception of new technologies and promote the use of EdTech and digital to enhance teaching, learning and assessment.
With the removal of our Enhance platform at the end of September 2023, the EdTech and Essential Digital Skills modules have moved to a new learning management system (LMS). You can visit the new LMS and register your details now in order to access these modules.
Our initial EdTech Strategy, released in Spring 2018, looked at how best the ETF can support the Further Education and Skills sector in harnessing new technologies to maximise learning outcomes – it was a three-year road map for digital technology to ensure excellence in teaching, learning and assessment.
The ETF’s Digital Teaching Professional Framework (DTPF), produced in November 2018 and updated in 2023, is underpinned by the strategy to support the transformation of our country’s technical and vocational education system; with EdTech and Digital performing a crucial role in delivering this step change. The DTPF helps to define what good pedagogy looks like and what digital skills progression means in three stages of personal development.
For more information about our EdTech / Digital Skills offer, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ETF’s focus has been on how technology can help teachers and trainers in their current professional practice, develop their understanding of how to redefine their pedagogic approaches with learning technologies.
To affirm and support teachers, trainers and assessors in using technology, our Learning Management System offers a number of certified, online, self-learning EdTech training modules mapped to the Digital Teaching Professional Framework (DTPF).
The Department for Education (DfE) introduced an essential digital skills (EDS) framework and associated national standards. Adults aged 19+ with no or low digital skills were entitled to take EDS qualifications free of charge under the Adult Education Budget from September 2020, in line with existing entitlements for English and maths. DfE commissioned the ETF to deliver a blended EDS CPD programme to prepare teachers, trainers and leaders to deliver the new qualifications based on the standards. You can find courses relating to this on our Learning Management System.
Links to EdTech and Essential Digital Skills training which can contribute to developing the knowledge, skills and understanding required for teaching and learning online.
Webinars to Support Remote Working
Spring 2021 EdTech Webinar Series
Spring 2022 Digital Accessibility Series
Note: This section is still under development to reflect content being moved to the new learning management system (LMS). Please check back later for more information and links to the EdTech Progression Pathways.
Early in 2018, the ETF commissioned a series of Outstanding Teaching Learning and Assessment (OTLA) Digital projects. The projects, now complete, used action research to evidence ways to spread and embed effective practice in the use of technology to achieve measurable improvements in teaching, learning and/or assessment to improve learner outcomes.