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Tue, 24 Mar 2020
The Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment (English) programme, commissioned by the Education and Training Foundation and delivered by ccConsultancy, is a collaborative development programme which aims to systematically improve the teaching, learning and assessment of English. Find out more about the OTLA English projects showcased on the 26th of February in Birmingham.
Tue, 03 Mar 2020
Ofsted are consulting on proposals for revisions to post-inspection arrangements, including how complaints are handled about their work. The proposals, if agreed, will enable any queries or concerns about an inspection to be addressed quickly and before an inspection report is finalised.
Tue, 03 Mar 2020
OCR intends to withdraw from providing English and Maths Functional Skills qualifications at Entry Level, Level 1 and Level 2 at the end of 2020.
Wed, 26 Feb 2020
A new Nuffield-funded report into the state of mathematics education across England’s further education sector has found that major investment in leadership training and teacher professional development is required to make more significant and sustained improvements.
Wed, 05 Feb 2020
Further education providers across the country are to benefit from a package of support, worth up to £24 million, so they can continue to recruit, retain and develop excellent teachers, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced today (Wednesday 5th February).
Are you looking for a safe, supportive space to share and discuss your research? Are you thinking about writing and dissemination and looking for a place to pitch your ideas? Would you like to talk with colleagues from across the sector about research methods and ethical approaches to practitioner-led research? Are you keen to continue on with your research after your OTLA project ends? If you've answered yes to any of these questions then look no further; you are warmly invited to join the PD North Practitioner Action Research Professional Exchange.
Andy Convery, Research Lead for the Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment (English) programme, writes a review of two very productive writing days held in December, when teachers, trainers, library staff and volunteers met in York and London to learn how to publish their accounts of researching the realities of effective English teaching for our sector.
Wed, 29 Jan 2020
The final report has been published of a project conducted by Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI) to look into the feasibility of a new maths GCSE curriculum for post-16 resit students. MEI says the new course would be the same level as the foundation tier of the current maths GCSE, giving students the chance to achieve a grade 4 or 5, and would have a focus on the maths needed for every day life and work.
Tue, 21 Jan 2020
Ofsted's Annual Report, published on the 21st of January 2020, presents inspection findings for further education and skills, early years childcare, schools and social care. The report shows that although most providers of Study Programmes are now responding well to the challenge of providing worthwhile non-qualification activity, the less effective providers still have challenges in teaching English and maths.
Thu, 16 Jan 2020
An update on the progress of Essential Digital Skills Qualifications and Digital Functional Skills Qualifications through Ofqual's technical evaluation process.
Tue, 14 Jan 2020
The new Education Inspection Framework: what do ‘Intent’, ‘Implementation’ and ‘Impact’ look like in reality? What is brave leadership? Find out how Advanced Practitioners are developing a culture of excellence through collaboration.
Sat, 21 Dec 2019
There has been a 10% (almost four million) drop in the number of adults taking skills training since 2010, according to the latest annual assessment of participation rates by the Learning and Work Foundation.
Thu, 19 Dec 2019
This programme, created by Manchester College, aims to improve the assessment of learners resitting GCSE English.
Thu, 19 Dec 2019
Claire Collins, OTLA English programme lead for the ETF, and Dr Catherine McPartland share their experiences of running action research (AR) projects in the post-16 sector, and offer some practical suggestions to support AR projects.
Wed, 18 Dec 2019
OTLA English is phase 6 of the ETF’s Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment programme which aims to improve the quality of teaching, learning and assessment in the FE and training sector and support increased professionalism for practitioners in the sector.
Mon, 16 Dec 2019
Research by the Sutton Trust shows that the GCSE reforms of 2015 have had very little effect on attainment rates, and that the introduction of harder exams and the new grading system has led to a slightly bigger attainment gap between disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged learners.
Thu, 12 Dec 2019
The Education and Training Foundation is supporting teachers to get ready for the development of embedded English, maths and digital (EMD) skills in T Levels. Claire Collins, Director of ccConsultancy, writes on what embedding EMD looks like in practice.
Tue, 10 Dec 2019
A review of this sector event dedicated to adult literacy, numeracy and English language policy, practice and research held on the 4th of December 2019 at Westminster Kingsway College, London and organised by Learning and Work Institute, UCL Institute of Education, UCU, RaPAL and NATECLA.
Tue, 10 Dec 2019
This newly published report from National Numeracy and TP ICAP reveals that millions of adults lack basic numeracy skills, leaving them unprepared for the workplace and everyday life, and calls for a major new ‘Fresh Start for Adult Numeracy’ initiative.
Thu, 05 Dec 2019
One in four students in OECD countries are unable to complete even the most basic reading tasks, meaning they are likely to struggle to find their way through life in an increasingly digital world. This is one of the findings of the latest PISA global education test, which evaluates the quality, equity and efficiency of school systems.
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