As a tutor involved in adult learning, I have to say: I love learning!   I always enjoy a day out more if it gives me the chance to learn something new or develop my skills in some way – I’m thinking about a recent day to the zoo to feed the giraffes when we all learnt lots of interesting facts and I developed my skills for distracting children from their rain-sodden shoes!!

Reflecting on and developing our professionals skills is also a key part of being an adult learning tutor. I want to highlight some places which regularly provide training and resources for tutors.

Some of these have fees, which you could ask your manager about, but some are free to access as well – it’s worth signing up for updates on what is available.

  1. Our very own ACL padlets for Good practice and ILT – free to use, full of good ideas, you can add your own ideas and suggestions. On the ILT padlet you can even earn a reward for reaching the end of the list of suggestions – see if you can find the message!

2. Emfec search on this page for CPD events – very worthwhile sessions in my experience.  For example this is coming up on 13th November:

Webinar – Active Learning Techniques to Help Deliver Engaging Learning Sessions only £20.00

What is active learning and how does it build enhanced learner engagement in learning sessions?

This session is designed to help participants improve their understanding of different ‘active learning’ techniques and their use.

3. The Education and Training Foundation

The ETF regularly add new materials to their website for tutors, and the training on offer covers a wide range of issues, including lots of free e-learning modules:


Mainly focussed on digital skills – recent workshops of interest have been on developing employability skills, and digital story-telling.


Other interesting / useful resources we’ve spotted recently: This website presents the often untold stories of the generations of migrants over the centuries who came to and shaped the British Isles.

Staffordshire Recovery Hub leaflet – for people with mental ill health download the leaflet here The Staffordshire Recovery Hub v

October is Cyber security awareness month:

Advance planning:

Talk Money Week falls in November – find ideas here:

And here:



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