ETF courses and events

The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) offers a wide range of professional development courses to support practitioners, leaders and managers working across the FE and skills system. SET members are entitled to an exclusive 15 per cent discount on the majority of these courses.

Subsidised places on digital skills and maths and English courses

For a limited period, SET members are also being invited to apply for a subsidised place on one of a range of new digital skills development courses and maths and English vocational revitaliser courses developed by the ETF. See the table below to find out which courses are included in this offer.

Please note: There is one course place per person and an administration fee of £20 (the 15 per cent discount does not apply to this offer). 



Maths and English Pipeline Vocational Revitaliser (VR) Plus: Developing your practice in English
  Vocational Revitaliser (VR) Plus: Developing your practice in maths
Digital Skills Enhancement Programme Digital skills for workplace preparation
  Digital tools for assessment
  Introduction to digital content, creation and design
  Using social media
  Using technology for differentiation
  Using virtual meeting technologies
  Video learning 

How do I access this offer? 

  1. Call ETF booking support on 0800 0831 830.
  2. Quote ‘Subsidised SET places’ and your membership number.
  3. Your booking will be processed and you’ll be asked to pay a £20 administration fee.
  4. If you have any questions specifically about the courses, please email

Digital Skills

Courses to enhance your personal digital skills and to support you to apply your digital skills in teaching and learning.

View the full Digital Skills course offer.

Future Apprenticeships

Support for you to deliver apprenticeship standards and end-point assessment.

View the full Future Apprenticeships offer.

HE in FE

As over 10 per cent of Higher Education (HE) in England is delivered within the Further Education (FE) sector, we are keen that there is suitable training available for the teachers and trainers actually delivering these higher level programmes, including Higher Level Apprenticeships.

As well as two face-to-face programmes at regional locations (dates TBC), we now provide a downloadable version of this programme to allow providers to run it themselves at their convenience. The module is accredited by Derby University.

Visit the ETF website for more information.

Leadership and Governance

Our programmes and initiatives include formal and informal leadership, management and governance development, alongside peer support, structured programmes, resources and assessment tools. CPD courses include the Strategic Leadership Programme and the Chief Financial Officer training programme

View the full Leadership and Governance offer.

Maths and English 

We offer more than 20 different courses to support effective teaching of maths and English for teachers of GCSE, Functional Skills, apprenticeships and study programmes.

Courses can be run at dates and in-house to suit your request. View the full maths and English course offer.

Maths Pipeline

Designed and created by the ETF, the Maths Pipeline supports teachers and trainers in a range of settings in the FE and training sector to improve the standards of teaching and learning in maths from entry levels to GCSE and beyond. It follows on from the highly successful Maths Enhancement Programme, and comprises seven different courses with supporting resources.

English Pipeline

The English Pipeline supports teachers and trainers in a range of settings in the further education and training sector to drive up the standards of teaching and learning in English from entry levels to GCSE and beyond. The Pipeline features a differentiated programme of seven courses, supported by existing and newly developed resources. For more on the maths and English pipelines, watch this video.

Outstanding teaching, learning and assessment (OTLA) 

Projects and courses to support the improvement of teaching, learning and assessment.

  • Two regional programmes underway supporting providers to undertake collaborative projects. 
  • A national programme focused on technical education facilitating joint practice development projects in a variety of sectors including Dairy, Nuclear, Hairdressing and Engineering.
  • Locally organised Professional Exchange groups helping practitioners to develop and share practice. 

View the full OTLA offer.


Our continued support for the Prevent Duty is in line with the increased Ofsted focus on engaging with and promoting British values.

View the full Prevent course offer.


Designed to increase the awareness, capacity and expertise in the post-16 education sector to deliver high-quality provision and support for SEND.

View the full SEND course offer.

Study programmes

Support packages that include expert advice, guidance and training focused on key themes linked to study programmes.

  • Bespoke support packages for providers wanting to improve their approach to work experience.
  • Support packages providing expert advice and guidance to better monitor and review the progress of learners.

View the full Study Programmes offer.

Training for FE teacher trainers 

Courses for those who deliver teacher training in the FE sector.

View the full FE teacher trainers course offer.

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