Abstract Christmas tree lights with a twirled shape and twinkling decorations on the top in the colours of the rainbow or spectrum on a black background

To all our ACL tutors and staff we wish you a very peaceful break and a Happy New Year!!

We’d love to know what’s been the sparkling star on the top of your tree recently, the icing on your cake, or in other words the thing that’s made it all worthwhile this term!!  What activity has gone down a storm? What resources sparked your learners’ interest? What have they done that made you really proud?  Please leave a comment at the bottom of this page to spread a little cheer and some good ideas for the new year!

CPD sessions

Tutor Safeguarding update training

***Save the date*** 2nd March 2017

Details and booking to be confirmed soon.

We’ll also be announcing the dates for further CPD sessions: RARPA, British Values (February) and Embedding English, maths and IT (April).

A few useful links that I’ve come across recently and wanted to share:

Prevent Duty


WRAP is a free 2-hour specialist webinar-workshop, designed by HM Government to give you:

  • An understanding of the Prevent strategy and your role within it
  • The ability to use existing expertise and professional judgment to recognise the vulnerable individuals who may need support
  • Local safeguarding and referral mechanisms and people to contact for further help and advice.

This workshop is an introduction to the Prevent strategy and an individual’s role in safeguarding vulnerable people.

By the end of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Understand Prevent’s aims
  • Think about who may be vulnerable to terrorism
  • See why some people are able to influence and manipulate others to commit crimes
  • Recognise when a vulnerable individual may be in need of your help
  • Be clear on what help and support looks like in this area, and who you should turn to if you have concerns.

This live session will include presentations, videos, discussions and interactive chat, both as a whole class and in break out groups. We encourage participation and hope that you will feel able to share your experiences and examples of best practice with the group.

Follow the link above to enrol on the webinar – dates available in January 2017.


Follow the link for some ideas on how to improve your learners’ attendance at sessions.  These are tried and tested methods to improve attendance, which has a knock-on effect on retention.  Please add more ideas too, by clicking on the plus sign and typing!


Functional skills courses

If you have learners who need support with their English and maths but you can’t find suitable provision, or you need to suggest a course for progression, or you want to suggest some independent learning, here is a good option for free, online courses:


Virtual Learning Environments

If you have ever thought you’d like to use a VLE like Moodle but haven’t got the resources, I’ve recently come across this *free* alternative.


As with all VLE’s, it takes a little time to set up your courses and add materials, but if a free VLE is what you are looking for, this could be it.  Let us know how you get on.

Finally, thanks for reading – I hope you’ve found something of interest in this year’s blogs.  Do let me know what you like or don’t like in the comment box below.

See you in January 2017!




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