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Nominations are now open for the Festival of Learning 2018 awards, searching for the best stories of adult learning to showcase projects, individuals, tutors and employers who have used learning to transform their lives and the lives of others
The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has commissioned touchconsulting to develop and deliver a series of interactive webinars for practitioners developing and supporting maths and English within apprenticeships and vocational education. The webinars are suitable for a range of staff including assessors, work-based supervisors, trainers, instructors, employers and managers involved in developing maths and English for apprentices and vocational learners.
New interactive resources to support functional skills maths and English are now available on the BBC Bitesize website
Report from the Department for Education on effective teaching and provision of English and mathematics to those without GCSE grades A* to C
The Scottish government is expected to announce plans to integrate the use of British Sign Language (BSL) into every element of daily and public life. It will reveal its national plan for people with hearing loss later. Measures expected to be in the plan include moves to remove barriers which prevent hearing impaired people becoming teachers. It is also likely to address "fair and equal access" to employment opportunities, including apprenticeships and internships.
Autism is not a mental health condition itself, but around 70-80% of children and adults on the autism spectrum have experienced mental health problems. Autistic young people have particular difficulty finding suitable help. This new report presents recommendations from a study in which young autistic people themselves were partners in an academic research project to explore their experiences and needs.
Trainers, learning support assistants, teachers, managers, assessors, teacher trainers, leaders and academics from across the education and training sector joined together at Ramside Hall in Durham on the 8th September for an inspiring and uplifting event to mark the half way point in the North-East and Cumbria OTLA programme.
An update from Darlington Learning and Skills Service, Bishop Auckland College and South West Durham Training on their collaborative OTLA project, which aims to trial different ways of raising staff confidence around Equality and Diversity, and improve learners' access to and engagment with meaningful E&D provision.
The Education and Training Foundation has produced a set of cards containing short activities that can be used at the start or end of training or education sessions to help learners develop their confidence and abilities to communicate effectively.
Throughout the summer, benches shaped like open books popped up across Manchester to celebrate the city's love of reading. 58 BookBench sculptures, installed as part of the Read Manchester campaign, were decorated with literary designs by local schools and community groups.
Building on a peer education model, this project, designed, developed and implemented by the Scottish Refugee Council, enabled peer groups to bring together non-native English speakers and local community members under the coordination of peer educators.
Is there an aspect of your role that you would like to develop, working with like minded professionals? Become part of a dedicated community sharing resources and expertise with your own network meetings and website. Find out how your organisation can become a member of Professional Development North (PD North), the Northern Professional Exchange for tutors, trainers, assessors and programme managers working in the education and training sector.
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.
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