further & higher education

Improving Standards of Further Education Teaching Through Continuing Professional Development

further & higher education

08:40 - 16:20

Thursday 28 February 2019

Central London

This Forum provides attendees with the opportunity to discuss the importance of developing effective CPD programmes across Further Education (FE) to raise teaching standards and improve attainment. This is especially important now in light of recent reforms and the introduction of T Levels in 2020. In addition participants will hear from best practice case studies about the importance of partnership working between the FE and Higher Education (HE) sectors to strengthen teacher training and discuss the importance of implementing the Education and Training Foundation’s Professional Standards.


This Forum is specifically designed for the Further Education Sector. Job titles will include:

  • Principles
  • Vice Principles
  • Headteachers
  • Deputy and Assistant Headteachers
  • Teaching and Learning Advisers
  • Heads of Improvement
  • Curriculum Leaders
  • Corporate Directors for Education
  • Human Resources Managers
  • Workforce Programmes Operational Managers
  • Education Lecturers
  • Course Directors
  • Teacher Training Coordinators

This Forum is open to Schools, Higher Education Institutions, Local Authorities as well as the Private Sector to encourage discussion and networking.

Key Speakers Confirmed:
  • Steve Frampton, President, Association of Colleges
  • Paul McKean, Head of Further Education and Skills, Jisc
  • Sarah Harrison, Teacher Development Programmes Manager, Chartered College of Teaching
  • Tricia Odell, Head of QTLS and ATS, Education and Training Foundation
  • Jenifer Burden, Director of Programmes, Gatsby Charitable Foundation
View the agenda and additional speakers

Data published in the 2017 Further Education (FE) Workforce Data For England report by the Education and Training Foundation showed that over 60% of FE teachers spend no time at all on CPD, particularly those that work part-time. Furthermore, of those undertaking CPD activities, an average of only 15 hours per year is spent on professional development. This has been a cause for significant concern among the sector, both for the quality of teaching and learning, as well as for staff engagement and development.

Furthermore, the Department for Education (DfE) has highlighted the need to ensure FE teaching staff are reaching their full potential, if the UK is to fulfil its potential in building a world-class skills system. A new DfE-funded £8 million T Level Professional Development Programme, being developed by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF), will help teachers prepare for the roll out of the T Levels in 2020 and offer an opportunity for them to update their industry knowledge. The University and College Union (UCU) has described CPD as “essential”, urging college leaders to ensure that all teaching staff have the opportunity to keep up to date with pedagogical developments. While external training opportunities tend to be the chosen method, more must be done to enhance internal development, both to broaden opportunities to a wider range of staff, and to enhance data collection around CPD being undertaken.

The Professional Standards for teachers and trainers, developed by the Education and Training Foundation in consultation with practitioners and providers from across the FE sector, offer a benchmark for what is expected from teaching staff. This clear structure provides a base for providers to develop a well thought-out CPD programme for staff, although at present utilisation is limited.

Without investing in effective CPD opportunities for staff, the FE sector will face numerous issues as it transitions to the T-Levels system from 2020. It is therefore imperative that college leaders and the FE sector as a whole places greater emphasis on an investment into professional development for all teaching staff to ensure that the FE sector is able to provide students with the skills they need in today’s ever changing workplace.


Registration, Refreshments and Networking


Chair’s Welcome Address

Professor David Greatbatch, Co-Author, Teaching, Leadership and Governance in Further Education Research Report (invited)


Morning Keynote: Successfully Improving Teaching and Learning

  • Outlining the current landscape of further education, including barriers faced and new opportunities, such as through the new Ofsted framework
  • Listening to and learning from our  students
  • Establishing a college culture of  learning
  • Ensuring inclusive leadership at all levels
  • Discussing best practice in teacher recruitment and retention: Delivering effective CPD and “growing your own”
  • Exploring the potential contribution of technology
  • Examining collaborative partnership working within and between organisations
  • Developing  the essential skills for progression and employability within our teaching

Steve Frampton, President, Association of Colleges (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Special Keynote: Utilising the Power of Education Technology to Raise Teaching Standards

  • Outlining the key findings from the September 2018 report Breaking through: stories of effective digital practice from UK further education (FE) and skills
  • Understanding the need for FE institutions to embark on a digital-first strategy to allow all students access to edtech, and how to incorporate teacher CPD into this strategy to make best use of technology
  • Overcoming the barriers to improving staff skills around technology, including lack of funding and time, by looking at how budgets can be re-prioritised and exploring JISC’s building digital capabilities service
  • Bringing staff in line with industry needs and expectations: Upskilling FE teachers’ vocational abilities, incorporating digital technology, to ensure students are provided with the necessary learning experience to plug skills gaps in industry when leaving FE

Paul McKean, Head of Further Education and Skills, Jisc (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Key Supporter Session


Questions and Answers Session


Refreshments and Networking


Case Study: Developing Research-Based Continued Learning Opportunities for Further Education Teachers

  • Outlining the journey to establishing a cross-college research network to share best practice teaching practices, interventions and development pathways
  • Developing a strong relationship between researchers and practitioners
  • Advising others in FE settings on models for creating a community between researchers and practitioners to improve pedagogies, including the #FEResearchmeet movement

Samantha Jones, Advanced Practitioner, Teacher Development and Scholarship, Bedford Research College (CONFIRMED)


Case study: High Quality FE-Based Initial Teacher Education and High Quality FE Teaching - A Partnership Between FE and HE

  • Research on “expert” teachers and its relevance for FE-based initial teacher education and CPD
  • “Becoming” and “being” an FE-based teacher educator
  • The value of an initial teacher education partnership with an HEI for FE-based teacher educators and teacher education

Dr David Powell, Director, Education and Training Consortium, University of Huddersfield (CONFIRMED)


Case Study: Delivering Outstanding Teaching and Learning Practices

  • Creating an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ innovative teaching and learning environment, by working with employers and integrating STEM across the curriculum, as recognised at the Tes FE Awards
  • Sharing best practice in facilitating partnership working between staff to overcome workforce challenges, including by encouraging peer-to-peer pedagogy development and support
  • Understanding how STEM has become a compulsory strand of curriculum planning, and the staff development opportunities that have been put in place to ensure all teachers are equipped to support students in these areas
  • Outlining the successful project-based learning approach that creates real-world situations for student’s to gain essential employment skills including problem-solving and use of technology

Yvonne Kelly, Principal and CEO, Barking and Dagenham College (invited)

Winners of the Best Teaching and Learning Initiative Award, Tes FE Awards 2018


Questions and Answers Session


Lunch and Networking


Afternoon Keynote: Facilitating the Development of Best Practice Teaching Methods Across the Sector

  • Promoting the Chartered Teaching Programme for further education teachers who recognise that life-long learning and development are key parts of their role
  • Understanding the need for investment in CPD opportunities for FE staff, and the positive impact this has on retention rates
  • Collaborating with subject associations to promote subject specific development opportunities for teachers in FE settings
  • Developing thematic networks across the college to build up professional knowledge that will support those working in FE

Sarah Harrison, Teacher Development Programmes Manager, Chartered College of Teaching (CONFIRMED)


Special Keynote: Raising Standards of Teaching and Learning Through the T Levels

  • Sharing updates on the development of the T Level Professional Development Programme, alongside the ETF and wider FE sector, and how £8 million of DfE funding is being spent
  • Understanding how those working in the FE sector can get involved in contributing to the Programme, to offer pedagogical expertise and discuss the realities of teaching pressures
  • Exploring what quality subject-specific pedagogy looks like, and how guidelines for this are being created that can be adapted to a wide range of technical disciplines
  • Outlining the timeline for the roll out of the Programme, ahead of the T Levels launch, and how FE providers can access training from Spring 2019

Jenifer Burden, Director of Programmes, Gatsby Charitable Foundation (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Refreshments and Networking


Workshop: Delivering the Professional Standards for Further Education Teachers

  • Summarising the core components of the Professional Standards: Values and attributes, knowledge and understanding, and skills
  • Understanding the benefits of having a common set of expectations for all teachers in the sector, and discussing how to implement the Professional Standards Framework in different settings
  • Encouraging teachers to draw on research to inform their evidence-based practice, by providing access to the latest resources
  • Developing teachers to be experts in teaching and learning as well as vocational specialists by recruiting from a diverse candidate pool and delivering frequent continued learning opportunities after ITT
  • Discussing methods for constructively challenging staff to evaluate their practice and methods for motivating learners
  • Collaborating with employers to ensure up to date teaching and training expertise, and vocational skills

Tricia Odell, Head of QTLS and ATS, Education and Training Foundation (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Chair’s Summary and Close

*Programme subject to change

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