We’re coming to the end of another busy year in ACL.  Thanks for all your hard work – we’ve really enjoyed visiting your classes this year: hearing from learners about how you have changed their lives, and seeing the inspiring sessions you plan for them.sunshine

I’m sure you’re all looking forward to a break of one kind or another, and hope you find it restful and restorative!


A quick reminder about our Tutor Briefing Meetings as follows:

Thursday 25th August 9.30-12.30 Stafford, SP1 Rudyard Suite

Wednesday 7th September 13.00-16.00 Lichfield Library, 3rd Floor

Thursday 8th September 18.30-20.30 Leek College

Friday 9th September 9.30-12.30 Newcastle Library

Monday 12th September 16.30-19.30 Stafford SP1 Rudyard Suite

Wednesday 14th September 9.30-12.30 Burton Library, Room 2

The Stafford meetings are in the main Council buildings in Staffordshire Place, Stafford town centre.  You will need to use public transport or the pay and display car parks.  The new Waterfront car park is now open and you pay as you leave.

Please book your place by emailing acl@staffordshire.gov.uk and please mention if you have any accessibility requirements.

We’ll look forward to seeing you at the briefings with a round-up of priorities and changes for 2016-17.

Professional Development

I’ve been doing a fair bit of CPD recently.  Earlier in July I attended the Connect More event run by JISC.  You can have a look at the resources here.  There were some inspiring ideas about using ILT to improve learning, including an Adult Education tutor from Leicester, Sarabjit Borrill, who is using Moodle to its full potential to get learners to collaborate and to give online feedback – really good ideas, and also achievable using other apps such as Padlet, Jing, or cloud storage for file sharing.  Also, the ever enthusiastic Yousef Fouda talking about vlogging (that will be like blogging, but via videos that you record and upload to the internet) and the power of YouTube.

I’ve also enrolled on my fist ever MOOC with Futurelearn, on an interesting course called “Blended Learning Essentials”.  It has been really interesting to engage with other professionals from around the world.  Futurelearn has a wide range of really interesting courses that you can sign up to for free.  Take a look here.

If you want to keep up-to-date with the FE and Adult Community learning world over the summer (…and even into next year!) a great way to do it is via Twitter.  You don’t even have to tweet yourself, but if you have an account and follow some interesting people, it is a great way to get quick links to interesting stuff.  Here is my list of most useful Twitterers to follow for all the latest news and some great ideas:

Twitter-como-amplificador-de-información@StaffsACLTL  (oh, that’s me!)





@FEWeek                                                                                           @FEontap

@SfLNetwork                                                                            @GuardianFE

@tesfenews                                                                             @jisc

@FutureLearn                                                             @EPALE_UK


The ET (Education and Training) Foundation works with teachers, trainers, leaders and employers to help them deliver excellent further and vocational education and training (VET) including Adult Education, with the aims of building:

  • A strong, resilient and responsive FE and training system in England
  • A highly professional teaching and training workforce recognized as consistently good to outstanding by international standards.

On the ETFoundation website you can find the Professional Standards and links to training including Prevent and Safeguarding, as well as examples of Good Practice – see here:


All interesting stuff to get you ready to go for the start of the new academic year!


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