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The success of our open three-day CPD events for 6 cohorts between June 2018 and December 2019 has been well-charted in previous newsletters and the feedback continues to be glowing. 

From October 2019, we began to offer ETF subsidised in-house programmes. These followed the same format as for the open events but without the residential experience: that is, a programme of two continuous days with a follow up single day a few months later. Feedback  has been extremely positive, and participants have committed happily to implementing their own chosen action plans in-house and to networking with others in order to practise a collaborative approach. 

Although government rulings on lockdown have forced us to delay the final day for three of our host organisations and to cancel a fourth, the popularity, reach and impact of the CPD programme continues to permeate the sector and to increase the professional influence of the AP role.

The  AP National Conference scheduled for 27th March 2020 in Birmingham, too, needed to be adapted at short notice to a remote delivery model using Zoom. As  a result, a selection of  APs who were due to present workshops on their quality improvement projects developed through the CPD programme, were deprived of the chance to do so. This was a disappointment, as the projects had been specifically chosen for their experimental and innovative practice which we looked forward to sharing with delegates. We were delighted, though, that Chesterfield College who had participated in both the CPD and the funded collaborative projects were able to share with us their wonderful insights on culture change and how to implement it. Watch their video and presentation

The projects developed out of the CPD programme also included:

Teaching Triangles from Kidderminster College – watch their video 

The Market Place from Blackburn College

Development of service wide employability and wider skills recognition from Haringey Adult Learning Service

TLCs (Teaching and Learning Coaches): Transforming our Learning Community from Manchester Adult Education Service

Developing Reflective Learners in a Community Adult Learning Setting from East Riding of Yorkshire Council Employment, Education and Skills Service

Embedding the Professional Standards with Advanced Practitioner support from Waltham Forest College

You can browse presentations which APs had prepared for the face-to-face national conference on our marketplace Padlet

Information on future CPD will be provided as soon as decisions are made by the government on the end of lockdown and on ETF plans. We can tell you, however, that seven organisations are already wanting to deliver the in-house model and there is a growing waiting list of individuals wishing to join a programme as soon as feasibly possible. 

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