Monthly Archives: November 2014

Embedding English and Maths: Resource Sites for Vocational Teachers and Functional Skills Practitioners

The resource site for embedding maths and English for vocational areas is: http://www.skillsworkshop.org/ http://www.talent.ac.uk/ other resources including maths and English.  Thanks to Halima Begum from Westminster Kingsway College for reminding me about these sites. http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise lots of short exercises for students to … Continue reading

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What is a conference for? Optimus Education Conference, November 27th 2014, Birmingham “Meeting New Standards in Teaching, Learning and Assessment in the FE and Skills Sector”

In these days of tight budgets in the FE sector, attending an external conference can be seen as a luxury; nice to have but not essential. So, what is a conference for and what makes it worth attending? I have … Continue reading

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How can we evaluate learning and development interventions effectively?

Interesting read on evolving approaches to evaluating learning and development. I think the FE sector is beginning to tackle this by trying to assess the impact of CPD on practice in a range of ways. http://www.trainingzone.co.uk/feature/training-cycle/discovering-new-world-kirkpatrick-and-exploring-what’s-changed-learning

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Coaching Models for Teaching and Learning Coaches: CIGAR, VISTA and SCORE

Here are a few useful links for coaches and Advanced Practitioners in FE, to help develop a broad toolkit of coaching models to use in conversations with colleagues. Would be great to hear what you do with them and how … Continue reading

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Embedding English: Developing Learners’ Note Making Skills in the FE Sector

What’s happening in the FE sector with note making? As part of the greater focus on embedding literacy, I can see some interesting work developing in the FE sector around learners’ note making skills. I am a teacher, trainer and … Continue reading

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