Advanced Practitioner programme

The fully subsidised Advanced Practitioner (AP) programme will be delivering a number of activities, targeted at managers, organisations and practitioners operating in AP-type roles.

  • Advanced Practice online CPD modules
  • New in-house Thoroughly Thinking Environments (the basics) online module ***NEW for 2021***
  • Communities of Practice (CoP)
  • Practitioner-Led FE Professional Learning including grant funding: 30 places ***NEW for 2021***
  • Train the Trainers in FE Professional Learning: 25 places ***NEW for 2021***
  • National Conference

For further details please contact: Jaya Varsani


Advanced Practice online CPD modules

Designed to support experienced APs and managers of APs.

Delivery of these modules starts from June 2021.


For those APs who have some experience of practising the Thinking Environment, this blended module will focus on practising the facilitation of applications such as thinking pairs, dialogue, timed talk, thinking rounds and time to think councils – with opportunities during the delivery of this module to practise these skills.

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For APs keen to re-examine observations through formative, and not performative, lens, this module will explore expansive and practical ways of using observations developmentally. There is a big focus on developing the coaching beliefs, behaviours and skills underpinning such an approach.

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For managers leading AP-type teams, this module focuses on how to create and sustain the conditions for AP teams to thrive, including exploring vision, resources and skills investment in APs.

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New in-house ‘Thoroughly Thinking Environments (the basics)

This one-day in-house online course introduces the Thinking Environment to teams of 4-12 (ideally 8) and provides opportunities for team members with Thinking Environment experience to practice facilitation. 

Find out more here and contact if you want to access this limited resource. 

Communities of Practice (CoP)

This is an online programme with collaboration and quality improvement at its heart. There are 175 places available across the  CoP pathway. Applications close on 30 June 2021, 5pm.

  • Constellation B

This foundation pathway is for APs who haven’t been involved in the Education and Training Foundation’s AP programme previously, and for practitioners who are on their journey to becoming an AP. This is a nine-month blended programme. APs will work with peers to progress their small-scale quality improvement project, meeting regularly online and undertaking online learning modules. No-one’s potential is limited and you have access to Constellation C opportunities, such as Festival Fridays.

  • Constellation C

Constellation C is for relatively experienced APs, including those who have been on the programme before. Constellation C is a festival of co-learning, with the intention of amplifying and sharing AP practice. Last year APs organised events, blogged, podcasted, became writers for TES and even started a radio station! 

We’ll help you find your voice and we’ll bring you together with other APs who will inspire and support you. This year Cs will also get priority access to the new Practitioner-Led FE Professional Learning pathway including grant funding. 

Applications are now open. Apply here.

Practitioner-Led FE Professional Learning including grant funding

The Practitioner-Led FE Professional Learning pathway will launch applications on 7 July 2021, initially to those APs who have been successful in their application for Constellation C.

This pathway will enable 30 organisations to support small teams of 3-4 APs to organise, recruit and run practitioner-led professional learning opportunities across their organisation and networks for a minimum of 50 practitioners. The ETF expects:

  • the AP team to access the launch CPD session/s taking place Sept/Oct 2021
  • one AP to act as a hub-lead coordinating professional learning activity
    • this hub-lead will join, and be supported by peers nationally, via Constellation C.

Professional learning opportunities will take place from October to March 2022 and will take the form of:

  • Action learning sets/Ideas Rooms
  • Knowledge Exchanges
  • Networks

Successful organisations will receive grants of 3k to contribute to AP release and all monitoring activities. Applications and activities must be supported by a senior manager who may also form part of the AP team.

Applications launch: Wed 7 July
Close: 10 Sept 2021
Notification: w/c 20 September 2021
AP CPD: September/October 2021


Train the Trainers in FE Professional Learning

The Train the Trainers in FE Professional Learning pathway will offer 25 places to those operating in AP-type roles.

Applications will open in the autumn term.

National Conference

The national AP Conference will take place on Friday 25 March 2022.

The conference is for current participants of the advanced practitioner programme, individuals interested in being part of the advanced practitioner community and managers and leaders in charge of quality improvement and change. 

See here for the 2020 AP National Spark(l)ing Constellation’s conference. 


Additional information

We will also be providing mentoring support for up to 15 APs from BAME communities and/or declaring a disability to ensure APs we are supporting are representative of the wider student population, across the breadth of the further education and training sector.

The AP programme is also working with the Society for Education and Training to ensure all pathways, particularly the Constellations, align with Advanced Teacher Status on a very practical level. So, for APs thinking about ATS, activities on the AP programme could generate evidence towards the ATS portfolio.