further & higher education

Improving Teaching Standards Across Further Education

further & higher education

08:45 - 16:10

Wednesday 26 February 2020

Central London

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This Further Education Teaching Forum provides an opportunity to discuss how to develop effective CPD programmes for Further Education (FE) teachers, to improve FE teaching standards in light of recent changes in teaching, learning and assessment (TLA) across the sector. Participants will gain an update on initiatives being developed and rolled out for the FE workforce by the Department for Education (DfE) and Education and Training Foundation (ETF) in relation to T Levels, apprenticeships and delivering basic skills. In addition, FE providers delivering outstanding TLA will share best practice in strengthening teacher training and CPD, collaborating with industry to ensure staff are upskilled in a timely manner, leading to a better teaching and learning offer for FE students.


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

  • Principals
  • Vice Principals
  • Headteachers
  • Deputy and Assistant Headteachers
  • Teaching and Learning Advisers
  • Heads of Improvement
  • Curriculum Leaders
  • Corporate Directors for Education
  • Human Resources Managers
  • 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:
  • Paul McKean, Head of Further Education and Skills, Jisc
  • Dr Catherine Manning, Head of Teaching, Learning and Assessment, Education and Training Foundation
  • Kay Graham, and Helen Lund, Deputy Directors, Further Education Workforce, Department for Education
  • Kurt Hintz, Principal, The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL)
  • Jenny Craig, Vice Principal, Curriculum and Quality, Abingdon and Witney College
  • Brad Billington, Head of Professional Development, The Bedford College Group


View the agenda and additional speakers


Registration, Refreshments and Networking


Chair’s Welcome Address

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


Interactive Session: Setting the Scene and Having Your Voice Heard

The day will begin with a 10 minute interactive session, led by the Chair, in which delegates will be able to ask questions, raise their key concerns and inform the Chair of what they would like to discuss during the course of the day. This will inform the debate and direct the conversation around ongoing challenges, current priorities and future goals.


Morning Keynote: Raising Standards of Teacher Learning and Skills with Professional Statuses

  • Summarising the current landscape of FE teacher training and CPD, in light of recent curriculum and assessment reforms across the sector, and the role of the ETF in working with the DfE to support teacher development
  • Outlining the Professional Standards and Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) Badge as a practical way to ensure a common set of expectations are met across providers and in different subjects
  • Sharing advice and guidance for senior leaders to upskill teachers through qualifications such as the Professional Standards and QTLS including through resources provided by the Society for Education and Training (SET) and by working more closely with industry
  • Discussing the five key stages of professional formation, and how these contribute to improving teaching and learning: Self-assessment; professional development plans; CPD record; critical reflection; final action plan

Dr Catherine Manning, Head of Teaching, Learning and Assessment, Education and Training Foundation (ETF) (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Refreshments and Networking


Special Keynote: Outlining the Government’s Plans for Supporting Teachers Through Further Education Reforms

  • Discussing the government’s interest in and plans for the FE sector, and the vision for working together going forward
  • Understanding how the £400 million of funding announced for FE in September 2019 will positively impact the support offered for FE teachers, including training and further CPD, to ensure reforms are implemented successfully
  • Sharing progress on the roll out of T Levels across the FE sector, including key features, roads for progression, and expectations for FE providers
  • Considering the pedagogy developments required to effectively deliver the basic skills qualification, which will be accessible for adults from 2020, followed by the basic digital skills

Kay Graham, and Helen Lund, Deputy Directors, Further Education Workforce, Department for Education (CONFIRMED)


Case Study: Evaluating Teaching, Learning and Assessment to Provide Outstanding Further Education

  • Outlining the 7-ways approach to evaluating TLA procedures and students’ experience, and how this has contributed to the College being deemed Good with Outstanding features, including on apprenticeships and leadership effectiveness, by Ofsted
  • Effectively reviewing yearly performance and student outcomes to determine annual TLA priorities, and ensuring this is fed into CPD design and staff conference themes
  • Taking a holistic approach to raising standards of teaching and learning by including all lecturers, trainers, assessors and learning support staff in teacher development programmes
  • Sharing best practice in developing the curriculum according to local and regional needs, as well as national, and upskilling staff in line with this

Andy Berry, CEO and Principal, Bridgewater and Taunton College (invited)


Case Study: Raising Standards of Teaching by Integrating Industry Experts into the Classroom

  • Outlining the model for embedding industry experts, known as Master Technicians (MTs), in classroom delivery through an FE STEM Teaching Hub that promotes resource and knowledge sharing between teachers and industry
  • Discussing how college staff identified a skills gap across key subject areas, and then contacted 10 partner employers to nominate MTs to help fill these, once the MTs had received pedagogical training from CONEL, leading to 74% of students learning a new skill
  • Sharing the process for lesson planning and delivery between teachers and MTs, with curriculum leads working on filling gaps and collaborating on resource production alongside teachers who could provide feedback, 89% of whom felt the MTs were a source of motivation and aspiration
  • Gaining feedback from students to further adapt the model to include audio and video interviews, building a bank of resources available to all via the Hub

Kurt Hintz, Principal, The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL) (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Lunch and Networking


Afternoon 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
  • Encouraging FE providers to access specialised training ahead of the T Levels roll out

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


Special Keynote: Education 4.0: Where Education Meets the Fourth Industrial Revolution

  • Outlining Jisc’s Education 4.0 vision
  • Understanding the ‘Teaching Transformed’ element of the vision
  • Investigating what an augmentation strategy for an FE practitioner looks like
  • Discussing how Education 4.0 will effectively improve standards and teaching and learning outcomes

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


Questions and Answers Session


Refreshments and Networking


Case Study: Ensuring Outstanding Teaching and Learning Through Collaborative CPD

  • Developing the FE Research Meet initiative to support the FE sector to engage in research and determine best practice around pedagogy, through summits across the UK
  • Facilitating cross-college collaboration and resource sharing between teachers, research and industry practitioners, taking a holistic approach to strengthening the quality of FE provision
  • Raising student achievements through a commitment to curriculum development and teaching practice, with overall achievement at the college rising from 89.7% to 95.5% between 2015 and 2017
  • Sharing best practice and lessons learned from Research Meets so far to discuss how other FE institutions can implement similar initiatives to offer more teacher CPD and drive research-led improvements

Brad Billington, Head of Professional Development, The Bedford College Group (CONFIRMED)


Case Study: Upskilling Staff in Collaboration with Vocational Experts

  • Identifying programming for robotics and automation as an area critical to the future of the engineering sector, and subsequently investing in upskilling staff and improving classroom delivery with industry partners
  • Partnering with experts from higher education and industry to develop teacher CPD plans as well as lesson delivery plans to meet key learning outcomes of the project for staff and students
  • Understanding the benefits of having a vocational expert, such as an engineer, in the classroom during lessons to support the teacher to address student questions and offer a new perspective to technical queries
  • Sharing lessons for a successful collaborative approach, including defining classroom management responsibilities, focusing on a single, clear teaching model, and ensuring post-lesson debriefs

Jenny Craig, Vice Principal, Curriculum and Quality, Abingdon and Witney College (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Chair’s Summary and Close

*Programme subject to change

At least 25% of teachers are not spending the expected 30 hours per year on CPD, according to statistics detailed in the Education and Training Foundation’s (ETF) April 2019 analysis of Further Education (FE) Workforce Data for England. In addition, the proportion of teachers with QFC Level 3 or below, including no formal qualifications, has risen from 16.8% to 21.4% between 2016 and 2018. With major reforms being rolled out across the FE sector, it is vital that staff at all levels are adequately prepared to deliver new qualifications to students.

In support of encouraging development within the sector, in August 2019 the government announced an additional £400 million of funding for FE providers and sixth form colleges, the single biggest annual increase since 2010. This follows the £8 million T Level Professional Development Programme, funded by the Department for Education (DfE) and developed by the ETF, to help prepare teachers for the 2020 roll out of the T Levels, including by offering opportunities for them to update their industry knowledge.

The ETF have also developed a set of Professional Standards for FE Teachers, defining common expectations, in addition to the Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) badge as a method of demonstrating both career advancement and expertise.

The onus is now on the FE sector to ensure utilisation of the tools, resources and funding made available by policymakers and sector leaders, so that the quality of teaching is raised, leading to effective implementation of T Levels from 2020. Without investment in CPD from senior leaders and teaching staff, students will fail to be fully equipped with the skills needed to successfully contribute to Britain’s ever-changing economy.

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