Outstanding Teaching Learning and Assessment (OTLA)

The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has, since its inception, supported a range of activity to improve teaching, from small scale projects involving single departments or individuals to region-wide activity promoting change and sharing of effective practice. This work focuses on empowering practitioners to focus on effective practice that is most helpful for their own challenges. The wide range of activity that we deliver is brought together under the banner of Outstanding Teaching Learning and Assessment (OTLA). 

Our work in this field draws on wider educational improvement activity and is based on evidence and research, much of it carried out by practitioners as part of our projects. It is focused at all times on improving professional practice, outcomes for learners, and improving the pedagogic or vocational skills of those involved. The Professional Standards for Teachers and Trainers form a cornerstone of this activity. 

There have been over 200 OTLA collaborative projects since 2015 which have tackled a wide range of issues relating to teaching, learning and assessment. Each year we offer FE providers the opportunity to apply to take part in an OTLA collaborative project on a specific area of practice. This year (2021-2022) Claire Collins Consultancy on behalf of the ETF will be running an OTLA collaborative project in English, ESOL and Essential Digital Skills.

You can access case studies and resources developed by practitioners through past OTLA projects on the Improving Teaching exhibition site and further information and resources regarding action research and practitioner research, can be found on the Practitioner and Research Evidence Portal.

In the Spring of 2021, Dr Lynne Taylerson undertook a thematic review into the outcomes of the Outstanding Teaching Learning and Assessment (OTLA) 6 projects. She wrote a series of blogpost based on her review exploring: 

For general enquiries regarding the OTLA programme, please contact Jaya Varsani. 

Applications for the OTLA programme are now open. Please download the application form. The closing date to receive applications is by 10:00am on Monday 2 August 2021.