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 incorporates the membership organisation previously run by the Institute for Learning (IfL) until November 2014.

The Society 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.
  • Our membership service will be self-sustainable rather than supported by other sources, so that membership funds pay for further investment into membership benefits.

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 10 individuals: six SET members, appointed from the wider PAG group, three in-house ETF staff, one lay member and two Trustees of the ETF, one of whom is chair’.

The members of the SET Management Board are:

  • Chair: Major Jim Crompton - Education and Training Services Officer, British Army
  • Vice Chair: Dr Barbara Van der Eecken - 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
  • Phil Green: Athletic Coach Education Tutor at England Athletics
  • David Russell, Chief Executive, Education and Training Foundation
  • Jenny Jarvis, Chief Operating Officer, Education and Training Foundation
  • Zayn Azam, Trainee IT Engineer for Qubic Group Plc
  • Martin Reid, Head of Membership, The Society for Education and Training  

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. Please note that the PAG recruitment window for 2019 closed on 11 April.

The PAG is made up 40 SET members working across the FE and training sector that meet three times a year to discuss their thoughts and opinions about membership, and to feedback on our proposals for the SET membership strategy.

If you are not currently a member of SET, join now to access the full range of member benefits. Joining is easy and only takes a few minutes.

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