Summer update

A few quick links and recommendations for reading from me this month Mastery is a pedagogical approach which has attracted quite a bit of attention recently and is pertinent to some of the research that Ofsted has been interested in. Although this article talks about Maths in primary schools it gives a good idea of … Continue reading Summer update


End of year news

Sector news Did you know there is an Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe? This is a website which collects examples of good practice in adult education from across Europe and they recently held a conference in Birmingham –see the report here: The report mentions iDEA - an international online programme of easy-to-access … Continue reading End of year news

A massive THANK YOU… all the tutors who have worked so hard to inspire and motivate ACL learners over the last academic year. We have really enjoyed coming to visit your sessions, and seeing the enthusiasm and dedication you show to your groups.  What’s more, the Ofsted inspectors were pleased with what they saw in February, so thank … Continue reading A massive THANK YOU…

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

“Soft” skills – what are they? how do we do them?? why do we do them???

  The “Backing soft skills” campaign launched last year by MacDonald’s and Niace (now known as Learning and Work Institute) identifies soft skills and recognises the importance of these in gaining employment: communication and interpersonal skills, teamwork, time and self-management, independent learning, decision-making and initiative-taking, taking responsibility.  The campaign highlights that employers place a lot of … Continue reading “Soft” skills – what are they? how do we do them?? why do we do them???

Autumn update

We’ve had a busy few weeks so please take the time to read the updates below: Prevent Duty support Mock Inspection Robert Powell Training Mental Health Awareness training opportunities   Prevent Duty Since the beginning of term we have received feedback from tutors who are finding it unsure how to approach this subject with learners. … Continue reading Autumn update

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….

How to write an outstandingly useful scheme of work …with ease!

The session took place on 26th March at Chasewater Innovation Centre, with 10 tutors from a variety of providers attending. If you weren't able to attend on the day: can recreate the session with the resources available here on the "Writing a Scheme of Work training session" page above or on Fenc.  Please see … Continue reading How to write an outstandingly useful scheme of work …with ease!