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Fri, 29 May 2020
A team led by ccConsultancy in partnership with That Reading Thing and Skills for Life Network has secured funding from the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) to support action research projects that focus on approaches to teaching, learning and assessment in English and maths. This is a national Outstanding Teaching Learning and Assessment (OTLA) project, supported by a team of experts in Post-16 English and maths. The programme is funded and subsidised by the Department for Education and is open to eligible organisations funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).
Tue, 26 May 2020
This booklet, which showcases reports of 12 collaborative action research projects that have produced inspiring ideas for post-16 English teaching, is available to download from the Excellence Gateway.
Fri, 22 May 2020
Information and guidance available from awarding bodies on the assessment and awarding of maths, English and ESOL qualifications this summer.
Fri, 22 May 2020
An overview of assessment and awarding arrangements for GCSE maths and English and functional skills qualifications in view of the current situation with COVID-19.
Wed, 20 May 2020
The ESFA has reminded providers that all remaining apprenticeship frameworks will be withdrawn to new starts on 31 July 2020. From 1 August 2020, all new apprenticeship starts must be on new, employer-designed standards.
Thu, 14 May 2020
Jonathan Kay, Head of English and Maths at an FE College in the north of England, writes on the challenges of estimating GCSE grades and ranking learners, especially in the context of large cohorts. How do you collect assessment evidence? And how do you rank 5000+ learners?
Tue, 21 Apr 2020
Newcastle College is currently accepting applications for FE teacher training courses with bursary support of up to £26000, with places being allocated on a first come first served basis.
Tue, 21 Apr 2020
This new paper, published by NCFE and the Campaign for Learning, looks at the likely impact of the COVID-19 crisis on post-16 education, the economy and labour market, and outlines an action plan to address the consequences for jobs, apprenticeships, youth unemployment and adult retraining.
Sun, 19 Apr 2020
The Education Secretary has announced that vulnerable and disadvantaged young people across the country will receive free laptops.
Fri, 17 Apr 2020
The National Association for Teaching English and Community Languages to Adults (NATECLA) is calling for ESOL exams to be replaced by teacher assessment this year, and for learners to be allowed to continue learning during the summer term without needing to prepare for examinations.
Wed, 15 Apr 2020
Provider achievements from the Education and Training Foundation’s reimagined Study Programme support initiative were showcased at this event held in Birmingham on the 13th of March. View the event Padlet containing the conference booklet, check out the provider presentations and enjoy the beautiful graphical representations captured by the conference visual artist.
Wed, 08 Apr 2020
All routine inspections of schools, further education, early years and social care providers have been suspended in response to the COVID-19 situation. Urgent inspections where specific concerns have been raised can still go ahead however.
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.
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