Read our latest blogs, many written by members.

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The ETF’s Further Education Sector events calendar

07 January 2019

The ETF's Events Calendar is a great way of finding out what is happening in the Further Education and Training sector, writes Charley Francis.

Helping teachers encourage female learners into STEM

10 December 2018

Ellie Bennett talks about why she believes teachers need to promote female ambassadors in STEM before learners reach further education.

Part two: Putting neurodiversity at the heart of our approach to SEND

26 November 2018

In the second part of his series on neurodiversity, Simon Beer, Head of Service for HALS, explains why a strengths-based approach is not a tool to label individuals, but is about valuing learners equally.

Part one: Supporting SEND learners by taking a neurodiversity approach

25 October 2018

Simon Beer, Head of Service for Haringey Adult Learning Service, explains why he believes in the value of taking a strengths-based approach in the classroom to support SEND learners.

Colleges Week 2018: Darren Hankey on the value of dual professionalism in the FE and Training sector

15 October 2018

Darren Hankey, Principal of Hartlepool College of Further Education, explains why he believes the strengths of being a dual professional are so often overlooked in the FE and training sector.

Re-engineering Individual Learning Plans (ILPs)

09 October 2018

Marcin Lewandowski explains why he has stopped using ILPs, instead preferring to use a method which has enabled his learners to manage their time better, and encourage self-reflection.

FE colleges underestimating threat of cyber attacks

15 August 2018

A new survey* of cyber security attitudes across the further and higher education sectors indicates that colleges are overestimating their ability to guard against cyber attacks.

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