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The Role of Leadership in Prioritising and Improving the Quality of Teaching and Learning in Further Education: Project Report for FETL by Matt O’Leary, Rob Smith, Vanessa Cui and Fadia Dakka

This report presents the findings and recommendations of an independent research project into the role of leadership in prioritising and improving the quality of teaching and learning in further education. The project captures the views and experiences of further education … 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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Making Supported Experiments happen: How can coaches and managers collaborate to develop and improve T&L?

Many schools and colleges use models such as Supported Experiments to encourage teachers to develop their practice and own their professional learning. I note that the institutions where these initiatives take hold and come to life often have a team … Continue reading

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How can Heads of Faculty/Area in Further Education focus on teaching and learning?

In my FE training and consultancy work, I have met many Heads of Faculty/Area recently and had some interesting conversations about their role and their challenges in focusing on teaching and learning. This role in colleges tends to involve a … Continue reading

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Supporting Supported Experiments:Tips for Managers

As part of my consultancy work, I work in colleges on practitioner-led research and innovation projects such as Supported Experiments.  Curriculum managers and leaders sometimes ask me how they can support teachers in this process and so here are some approaches … Continue reading

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Some useful clarifications from the new Ofsted handbook for FE, June 15th 2015

“Ofsted has no preferred teaching style. Inspectors judge the quality of teaching by its impact on learning. Providers are not expected to use the Ofsted evaluation schedule to evaluate teaching or individual lessons, or to undertake a specified amount of … Continue reading

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Fostering effective collaboration in teams: Great reads for managers and leaders

  https://hbr.org/2007/11/eight-ways-to-build-collaborative-teams Interesting points coming out of research at Harvard Business Review  http://www.managementexchange.com/blog/true-collaboration-embraces-conflict On approaches to collaboration for managers http://www.talentculture.com/social-biz/6-fundamentals-of-effective-collaboration/ Key features of effective collaboration

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Top Reads of 2013: Blog postings for Managers and Leaders in FE

Happy 2014! Here are the most read blogs from my site, which I hope provide some useful food for thought and discussion for managers and leaders in the FE sector. A Think Piece for Leaders in FE: The Big Conversation … Continue reading

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Reclaiming team meetings from bureaucracy: ten tips for managers on putting the focus on teaching and learning

Team meetings in the FE sector are rare and precious, so surely the most important thing a manager can do is to make them count towards improving learner achievement. Yet many curriculum meetings are bogged down with administrative, bureaucratic tasks … Continue reading

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Leading learning in the FE sector: how can we drive teaching and learning improvement?

I am very pleased to be part of this Sector Training event on December 4th related to the leadership involved in improving teaching and learning. The event will be a stimulating combination of messages from Ofsted about ways to lead … Continue reading

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