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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.
This newly published booklet provides an engaging overview of the 13 OTLA projects undertaken by over 200 practitioners from 42 providers across the North East and Cumbria. Project themes include supporting maths and English learners and improving learner outcomes in GCSE maths.
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.
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.
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