Not much from me this month but lots of useful updates from other places…

Mental Health Awareness week and month – MAY 2017

The Mental Health Foundation are looking at the state of the UK’s mental health for Mental Health Awareness Week 2017. They are now asking: are we Surviving or Thriving? We all have the ability to thrive and having good mental health is an asset to thriving in all parts of our lives. The new report Surviving or Thriving? – The state of the UK’s mental health states that only 13% of people are living with high levels of good mental health, and two in three adults face mental health problems in their lifetime. It is time to address this nationwide problem.  Follow the Mental Health Foundation on Twitter and Facebook, or go to the website:


Teacher Training

May be useful for colleagues who want to go into teaching…


The Open College Network West Midlands Level 3 Award in Education and Training (QCF) is accredited by Ofqual and is included within the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). Candidates must be 19+.

This is a 6 day course spread over one day per week with a two week break to allow learners time to prepare and complete written and practical assessments. Costs includes all qualification registration, assessment and verification Fees.

The Level 3 Award in Education and Training (QCF) provides an introduction to teaching and training in a variety of contexts. The qualification offers trainee teachers and individuals currently training and assessing, the knowledge and understanding required for teaching.

The Award provides an introduction to teaching and explores roles and responsibilities associated with the teaching role. It covers the planning and delivering of sessions including engaging and motivating learners within a learning environment. It explores the different assessment methods and the need for record keeping. The delivery of an observed microteaching session or an assessed practice in a real work environment is a requirement of this qualification. The Open College Network West Midlands Level 3 Award in Education and Training (QCF) replaces the Level 3 Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector and the Level 4 Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) introduced in 2007 and updated in 2011.

This qualification can be used flexibly to meet learner needs. Depending on the context of the learning and the needs of each individual learner, the qualification can:

  • Prepare learners to progress to a qualification in the same subject area but at a higher level or requiring more specific knowledge, skills and understanding;
  • Prepare learners for employment;
  • Support a role in the workplace.

Units Covered in this Course

  • Understanding Roles, Responsibilities and Relationships in Education and Training
  • Understanding and Using Inclusive Teaching and Learning Approaches in Education and Training
  • Understanding Assessment in Education and Training

Tea and coffee will be available throughout the day. Lunch is NOT provided. Cost £350 for members £400 for non members – Next course due to start 16 May (23 May, 30 May, 6 June, 27 June, 4 July)

Book Your Place Now For more information please contact Jennie Stewart Marketing and Training Officer 01785 413162

Engagement – getting learners to really focus on their learning

This is a great blog here from one of my favourite FE bloggers on Engagement, motivating learners and getting them into a state of FLOW – where they can really focus on what they are learning.

ACL – CPD session for tutors

Don’t forget our CPD sessions coming up on Differentiation and Embedded English and maths – there are still a few places available.


A message from the Chief Executive of the Learning and Work Institute

Elections are the main focus this month, with a surprise General Election coming up in June. We will shortly publish our manifesto, setting out what we want to see the next Government do. One key ask is for a replacement of at least equal value for European Social Fund, worth £2.4bn in the six years to 2020, but with more flexibility and less bureaucracy. 

We are pleased to launch a campaign with a range of sector organisations to argue for this. Please add your support and encourage as many people and organisations as possible to do so.






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