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The latest news from the Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment North East & Cumbria is now available to read online. The OTLA is enabling groups of education and training providers to access collaborative development grants to investigate and develop teaching, learning and assessment approaches for the benefit of learners.
Twenty-one teachers, trainers and support staff from across South West Durham joined forces to kick off the Bishop Auckland College’s project “Outstanding Teaching, Learning & Assessment” programme in May.
HMP Feltham has beaten off competition from 23 prisons to win the 3 out of 5 maths challenge shield for 2016/17.
The OTLA team in the North East and Cumbria have developed a one-day introductory course for practitioners in Education and Training settings who may be new to practitioner-led research. The course aims to introduce them to a range of practical strategies for investigating, evaluating and improving their teaching and emphasises the necessity of working with other staff in order to understand and change teaching practices in differing contexts.
Professor Jean McNiff made this powerful rallying call to the support assistants, trainers, assessors, teachers and managers who work across the prisons, training providers, workplaces and colleges in the North East and Cumbria. During a week of visits, Jean joined groups of OTLA project participants to share what it means to be a practitioner researcher in our sector.
This short unionlearn guide provides a short introduction, ideas for developing maths and English learning in the workplace and a list of useful resources for all reps to utilise in the workplace. It will also prove useful for anyone involved in workplace learning.
The Read Manchester BookBench trail has officially opened! 58 benches shaped like open books will be on display at cultural venues across Manchester all summer, as part of the Read Manchester campaign.
The DfE has a new GCSE webpage which provides information for students, parents, employers and those who work in education. It explains why the GCSEs are changing, when they are changing, why the grading scale is changing, how the new grades align with the A* to G scale and the difference between a standard and a strong pass.
Available from English public libraries from July 2017, the Reading Well scheme aims to provide millions of patients, carers and the general public with the tools to better understand and confidently self-manage their conditions.
David Powell, Director of The Education and Training Consortium, writes on how the theories of practice architectures and ecologies of practices can enable us to understand teaching, learning and assessment differently and to transform our own practices. He describes how these theories can be applied within the context of GCSE re-sits, and outlines how the 19 education and training providers participating in the North East and Cumbria Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment (OTLA) are using the theories to develop and share approaches for ensuring outstanding practice across a range of contexts and topics.
The latest guidance from the Education and Skills Funding Agency states that full time students starting their study programme who have a grade 3 or D GCSE or equivalent qualification in maths and/or English must be enrolled on a GCSE, rather than an approved stepping stone qualification.
Ofqual's blog reports on a recent meeting with maths teachers about the new 9-1 GCSE, in which they explain about grade boundary setting, ensuring fairness between cohorts and across both tiers
The Secretary of State for Education has outlined arrangements for reporting on the new GCSEs. The new qualifications will be graded 9-1 instead of A*-G, with 9 the highest grade. A grade 4 will be deemed a standard pass and a grade 5 a strong pass.
The Education Funding Agency and Skills Funding Agency have merged to become one body. The new, single funding agency - to be called the Education and Skills Funding Agency - will sit within the Department for Education and begin to operate from April 2017.
The Education and Training Foundation has published its third annual report on Initial Teacher Education (ITE). This looks at the 2014/2015 academic year. It is clear that people often undergo ITE as part of a career change, or adding teaching to an existing technical profession.
The Department for Education (DfE) and the Skills Finding Agency (SFA) have published a new register of apprenticeship training providers. To be eligible to deliver apprenticeship training for apprenticeships that start on 1 May 2017, or after, organisations must be listed on the register of apprenticeship training providers (RoATP).
The literacy score is a new measure of literacy vulnerability developed by the National Literacy trust and Experian. Together they have created constituency literacy rankings which measure literacy need in every electoral ward and in each parliamentary constituency in England.
Foundation Online Learning, the online learning hub from the Education and Training Foundation, gives you access to a whole range of professional development and training. The resources are free of charge and include English and maths self-evaluation tools, and a course to help you improve the teaching of maths and English.
The Skills Funding Agency has published draft adult education funding and performance management rules for August 2017 to July 2018, which will apply to all providers of education and training who receive adult education budget funding.
Two distinct but linked exemplar curricula to support the teaching of revised Functional Skills maths and English at all levels (Entry 1- Level 2) are now in development.
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