The Society for Education and Training (SET) is part of the Education and Training Foundation (ETF), the sector-owned and sector-led organisation working to raise the quality and professionalism of teachers and trainers across the post-16 Further Education (FE) and training system.

SET is managed by a dedicated team of staff.

Our goals for our governance structure are that:

  • Our members will have representation and regular involvement in guiding the strategic and operational planning for the future development of the Society.
  • Members will be at the heart of everything we do, their views and opinions will play a central role in determining the future direction of the Society, and its success will be driven by their engagement.

The SET Management Board (SMB)

The SMB carries out the following critical functions:

  • draws together recommendations from the PAG group and advice from SET staff to agree and shape annual operational and strategic plans for SET and QTLS
  • forecasts and monitors the in-year performance of SET, in terms of member numbers, QTLS candidates, impact and outcomes
  • approves new policies and procedures that have been designed through the PAG and other panels
  • receives any matters of concern or issues for escalation or resolution
  • reports these plans and outcomes to the overarching Education and Training Foundation board for information and/or approval.

The Board is made up of 11 individuals: six SET members, appointed from the wider PAG group, one of whom is Chair, two in-house ETF staff, one lay member and two Trustees of the ETF.

The members of the SET Management Board are:

  • Major Jim Crompton, Chair - Education and Training Services Officer, British Army
  • Dr Barbara Van der Eecken, Vice Chair - Director of Quality and Service Standards at Babington
  • Sarah Simons - Writer, Lecturer, Director of The UKFEchat Community
  • Wendy Coley - Teaching Skills Adviser, The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London
  • Anita McGowan MBE – Lecturer in Business management and HR, University of Roehampton
  • Sarah Whiteside-Jones – Head of Membership Engagement, The Institute of the Motor Industry
  • Phil Green - Athletic Coach Education Tutor at England Athletics
  • David Russell - Chief Executive, Education and Training Foundation
  • Martin Reid - Director, The Society for Education and Training
  • Lynette Leith - Education Consultant in FE, working exclusively on technical and vocational curriculum
  • Palvinder Singh - Group Deputy Principal, NCG based at Kidderminster College

The Board meets three times a year, on dates aligned with meetings of the PAG and ETF. Board members are appointed for a period of three years. The first Management Board meeting took place in February 2016. 

Practitioner Advisory Group (PAG)

The PAG reports into the SET Management Board and is made up of 40 SET members working across the FE and training sector. Drawing on their own experience and their knowledge of the part of the sector in which they work, PAG members meet to discuss their thoughts and opinions about membership and feedback on proposals for the SET membership strategy, helping to improve and develop the membership offer for all SET members. The PAG meets three times a year as a group (virtually at the time being), as well as having the opportunity to join further steering groups.

Trainee Teacher Advisory Group

The Trainee Teacher Advisory Group works with Society of Education and Training (SET) staff to help develop and improve the SET membership offer, drawing on their experiences and knowledge to advise SET on key issues impacting the sector. The Trainee Teacher Advisory Group is made up of current ITE students and recently graduated practitioners employed within the sector and meets virtually three times a year.

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