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The Education and Training Foundation as part of its Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment Programme (OTLA4) awarded funding to 15 partnerships to work collaboratively to evaluate the role of Advanced Practitioners.

We received 27 applications in total. This demonstrates a hunger to improve teaching, learning and assessment through peer-to-peer working, driven by those operating in Advanced Practitioner-type roles. Twenty-six project leads met in London on 7 June to refine their projects, and will be meeting again on 13 December to review progress. Each partnership will share findings through a final report. Reports will include a range of outputs such as AP role specifications, coaching contracts, peer working guidelines, videos etc to support other organisations wanting to introduce and/ or strengthen the role APs undertake in their quality improvement activities.   

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Partnerships and projects

Bedford (with Tresham College): Home and Away: Does having an Advanced Practitioner in your department have an impact on staff and student outcomes?

Birmingham Met (with Lincoln College): Developing Advanced Practitioners (Teaching Teams; ESOL)

Bolton College (with Hopwood Hall College): From Good to Great: How the AP role can make the Difference

Bournemouth & Poole College (with Kingston Moreward College): Developing Advanced Practitioners

Derbyshire Adult Learning (with Derby City AL): Evaluating the AP role within the ACL environment

Doncaster College (with North Lindsey College): Outstanding Practitioners

East Riding Council (with City of York Council): Triangles of Excellence: A collaborative approach to improved learner outcomes through the Advanced Practitioner role

Kirklees College (with Leeds College of Building): Advanced Practitioners in Post 16 Education: what questioning approaches improve teaching, learning and assessment and have the best impact on student outcomes?

Manchester College (with Novus): Can coaching-in-action accelerate the progress teachers make in the classroom?

NESCOT (with Brooklands, East Surrey & Guildford Colleges): Mental Health and Well-being: Supporting Teachers in Developing and Applying Resilience Strategies for themselves and their students through engagement with the College Advanced Practitioner Team

Shipley College (with Myerscough and Barnsley Colleges): Developing the Advanced Practitioner (AP) role

South Devon College (with Bridgewater and Taunton College):    Champions in maths and English (CHiME)

Stanmore College (with Westminster Kingsway College): High Quality practitioner led iterative CPD owned by teachers.


Sutton College (with Croydon AL & Westminster Education Services):
Developing Advanced Practitioners


WEA (with Adult Community Learning Essex): Effectiveness of Advanced Practitioners in enabling improved practice in dispersed teams.


* Titles may change as projects evolve

All the projects drew upon the recent research commissioned by ETF to better understand how providers use advanced practitioner-type roles to improve teaching, learning and assessment. The executive summary is worth a read/ re-read as it highlights the use and perceived impact of advanced practitioners to date, highlights effective practice, and provides practical illustrations and learning points. 


The executive summary was one of our pre-course readers for the 77 APs who attended the residential, ‘Developing Advanced Practitioners’, back in June. We kicked off with a little quiz to check understanding. Fancy having a go?

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