Category Archives: schools

All you need to know about the return to school and college sites plus the Ofqual consultation, 26th May 2020

Face-to-face return to college sites delayed until mid-June 2020 at the earliest: https://feweek.co.uk/2020/05/24/boris-reveals-college-face-to-face-plans-must-be-delayed-until-15-june-at-earliest/ Latest government guidance on the return to school and college sites: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-schools-and-other-educational-settings Comprehensive practical guidance on the return to college sites from the Sixth Form Colleges Association: … Continue reading

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The Return To Schools and Colleges: Official Guidance and Think Pieces

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings Guidance and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) in educational settings for staff, parents and carers, pupils and students: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-schools-and-other-educational-settings   Apprentices ALSO expected to receive face-to-face training from June: https://feweek.co.uk/2020/05/15/apprentices-also-expected-to-receive-face-to-face-training-from-june/ https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-apprenticeship-programme-response   … Continue reading

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Book Now! Better Professional Conversations; Enhancing Education One Discussion At A Time

Last year I attended the CollectivED Knowledge Exchange in Birmingham and really enjoyed the chance to share experiences and challenges with colleagues in different sectors who are all involved with coaching, mentoring, teacher education and research. This year the event … Continue reading

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CollectivEd: Networking and professional learning for coaches and mentors in education

I would recommend CollectivED to coaches and Advanced Practitioners in the FE sector as a really useful source of networking and professional development/learning opportunities. Information and related links below from their website. Joanne Miles About CollectivED CollectivED was established in … Continue reading

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Performance Development Reviews (PDRs) in Colleges and Schools: Pitfalls and Tips

The Performance Development Review process (PDR) is gaining prominence in many schools and colleges, in an attempt to standardise and formalise performance management conversations. Depending on the mindset and skills of managers and staff, this process can be experienced in … Continue reading

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Making the most of the teaching and learning coach/advanced practitioner role in your school or college

It is encouraging and exciting to see many FE colleges and schools investing in the teaching and learning coach/advanced practitioner role, as it can play a positive part in developing staff and driving up TLA quality. In my work as … Continue reading

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The Learning Leader in FE: Have we defined this role yet?

It is very encouraging to see some FE colleges introducing a new role called the learning leader, in an attempt to enhance the focus on T&L. Incorporating actual roles into college structures could be helpful in a range of ways: … Continue reading

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