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


Spring update

This month…. Ofsted – Congratulations and thanks!! Resources from our Embedding British Values and RARPA CPD sessions. Ofsted As you know our long-awaited Ofsted inspection took place on 27-28th February, and the report was published on 20th March.  We are very pleased that our provision was judged to be “Good”, as it was when we … Continue reading Spring update

Safeguarding CPD and Safer Internet Day

  7th Feb - Safer Internet day This is an International event. In the UK the theme is “The Power of Image” and there is a stack of resources available in the Education Packs section here: ...teaching resources, quiz, social media campaign, advice for parents and carers – there’s something for everyone. This is … Continue reading Safeguarding CPD and Safer Internet Day

Policy Focus – Practice built on Policy

e-safety Policy We thought it would be good to highlight some of the important policies that ACL has in place, and to emphasise how they should be reflected in your practice. Please take a few moments to look at the e-safety policy here, and remind yourself of its contents.  Key considerations for tutors: Do you … Continue reading Policy Focus – Practice built on Policy

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…

Making a good start…

We hope you’ve had a good summer break and are raring to get started with your new courses now, if you haven’t started already. The beginning of a new course is always a challenging and interesting time – meeting new learners, getting to know them and their needs, and their expectations of you and the … Continue reading Making a good start…

Mental Health Awareness – CPD for tutors

Changes Health and Wellbeing have delivered a series of workshops for us over the past couple of weeks.  The sessions were well-attended overall and were appreciated by tutors who were able to: increase their knowledge of a variety of mental health conditions, consider the impact on learning, share good practice and practical tips with other … Continue reading Mental Health Awareness – CPD for tutors

December update

Mental Health Awareness sessions – Another Exciting CPD opportunity for tutors – book NOW (and by 7th January at the latest) One in 4 of us will be affected by a mental health condition in our lifetimes. Clearly there are many learners on our courses who are experiencing mental health issues and as tutors, we … Continue reading December update

Supporting all learners

Good practice in working with learners with support needs involves: identifying learners with additional needs communicating with relevant staff to get the support needed delivering the support in the classroom tracking the support so that you can evaluate its impact and make any further adjustments as necessary 22% of learners on ACL courses declared a … Continue reading Supporting all learners

Review of Observation (OTL) policy….and more top tips….

We're starting to review our Observation procedure and want to ensure that a key aim is developing teaching and learning, not just monitoring. With this aim in mind we need tutors' feedback on the current procedures.  Think about the last observation you had.  Do you feel you got enough time when you had feedback from … Continue reading Review of Observation (OTL) policy….and more top tips….