Information and Advice

As we are at the end of term it seems timely to spend a few minutes reflecting on the quality of Information and Advice - reflecting back on what has happened this past term, and what we might want to add or change for next  term. Here is the Staffordshire ACL Information and Advice statement.Information & … Continue reading Information and Advice

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Sharing Good Practice

Sharing Good Practice – how are you developing your practice? We would like to share with you some examples of great practice that we have seen recently. How are these issues demonstrated in your own teaching?  Would any of these practices enhance your teaching and learning? Would they need to be adapted to work with … Continue reading Sharing Good Practice

Autumn Update

Hopefully you are feeling settled in to the new academic year by now and your classes are well underway…. Over the summer I was doing some reading of a few blogs and websites that often have interesting ideas for FE teaching. In doing so, I kept coming across the same ideas of what makes a … Continue reading Autumn Update

CPD event resources – Differentiation and Embedding English and Maths – May 2017

We ran successful sessions in May on Differentiation and Embedding English and Maths.  17 tutors from a range of providers attended and appreciated the chance to share ideas and experiences. You can check out the resources here. Training Pack Differentiation_English_Math Amended Geoff Petty Differentiation 1 Activities for English and maths embedding-advice Challenge_Toolkit critical_thinking_wheel These are … Continue reading CPD event resources – Differentiation and Embedding English and Maths – May 2017

May update

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 … Continue reading May update

Embedded skills – how do I fit it all in? plus British Values, heart-warming videos and useful websites…

British Values, English, Maths, IT, Equality and Diversity…all of these are areas that we know our learners need to develop in many cases, (even if the learners don’t always identify this themselves!), and they are high priority areas for Ofsted. Sometimes it can seem that these extra challenges are drowning out the actual course content … Continue reading Embedded skills – how do I fit it all in? plus British Values, heart-warming videos and useful websites…

How to engage all learners actively and cooperatively with Kagan structures

  Kagan structures I recently went to a presentation given by T2TUK who offer Training in Kagan Structures. It was really stimulating session, and I’m sure that the principles behind the Kagan Structures will be useful for many tutors.  Dr Spencer Kagan was conducting educational research in the 1960s, and developed a range of ways … Continue reading How to engage all learners actively and cooperatively with Kagan structures

Embedded English and Maths in Adult Community Learning

What are we talking about? When we talk about English we’re talking about spelling, punctuation and grammar in written work, but also Communication skills, such as listening, following instructions, discussing issues in group etc.  As for maths, it is more than sums. We’re talking about recognising patterns, and using logic to solve problems. The Common … Continue reading Embedded English and Maths in Adult Community Learning

Tutor Top Tips

 We've produced some Top Tips sheets for tutors on some common issues.  Here's one on using ILT when you have little or no facilities at your venue: Use these to give you some fresh ideas.... here's one on assessment and feedback: Or to make sure you are up-to-date with current expectations...here's one on embedding English and … Continue reading Tutor Top Tips