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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The group is calling for people to be required to learn English before coming to live in the UK, or be enrolled in compulsory ESOL classes when they arrive.
The latest report from the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) has shown no significant improvement for the UK in mathematics performance over the past 3 years.
The Education and Training Foundation, working with a variety of sector bodies, has produced revised guidance on the qualifications in education, training and assessment available and relevant for working in the post-16 education and training sector.
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