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.

Digital Skills Support 

Free 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.

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. Find out more about the Preparing for CEO Programme.

View the full Leadership and Governance offer.

Maths and English 

Improving outcomes in maths and English is central to success in work and life. Practitioners and providers are expected to ensure maths and English are at the heart of their teaching approach and employers require a workforce who are competently numerate and literate. Our Maths and English CPD support offers specific, targeted courses to enhance personal skills and teaching approaches.

Find out more about CPD courses for maths and English teachers

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. 

Visit the Improving Teaching exhibition site on Excellence Gateway, hosted by the ETF. 

Find out more about OTLA projects.

HE in FE

As more than 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.

ETF provides 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.

Prevent Duty and Safeguarding Support Programme

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.

Visit the SEND exhibition site to access resources.

Find out more about SEND resources by visiting the ETF website

Support for Apprenticeships 

Find out more about what support is available to help managers, teachers, trainers, assessors, employers, leaders and those involved in governance to make the transition from apprenticeship frameworks to delivery of standards, ensuring effective preparation for end-point assessment.

Visit the ETF website to view the full apprenticeships support

Study Programme Support 

The ETF study programme offer is organised into two strands of work. Both strands feature packages of support that enable providers and practitioners to improve their planning and delivery of study programmes.

View the full Study Programmes offer.

Teach Too

Teach Too is an ETF development programme, aiming to address quality improvement in technical and vocational teaching and learning, implementing Teach Too principles and approaches based on the recommendations of the CAVTL Report.

Find out more about Teach Too programmes and approaches.

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