Local networking groups and events

Join the Society for Education and Training (SET) local network events and meet like-minded professionals to discuss the challenges of modern teaching and learning and share excellent practice. 

Network meetings are for SET members. Non-members are allowed to attend one Local Network Group meeting, so you are able to bring along colleagues who would like to know more about SET. 

To use our online booking form you need to be logged in as a SET member.  

SET Local Network Group application form

The Society for Education and Training (SET) is seeking SET members to lead a Local Network Group in their area. Successful applicants will receive funding and support from the SET team and will be able to develop their leadership skills, while connecting with other professionals.

Above all else, we are looking for members who are passionate about the FE sector and who are confident leading or facilitating sessions that further teaching practice and professional development. You can apply as an individual, or as a team of SET members.


SET members wish to apply to lead a Local Network Group should complete the application form and send it to membership.communications@etfoundation.co.uk by 12pm, Wednesday 10 October.

Key dates

  • Application deadline: 12pm, 10 October 2018
  • Successful applications notified: 15 October 2018


A new Local Network Group will be given a £1,000 total budget for this academic year (October 2018-July 2019). This money is to cover the cost of catering, venue hire, resources and speaker fees that are associated with running a Local Network Group. It is expected that a leader will run three events per year.


Members of every grade will be considered. You must live and/or work, and be willing to host your group, in one of the following postcode regions:

  • Birmingham
  • Sheffield
  • Nottingham
  • Leicester
  • Portsmouth
  • Leeds
  • Southend on Sea

Key contact

Please send queries to Naomi Dixon, SET Membership Coordinator naomi.dixon@etfoundation.co.uk

Purpose of local network groups

Through supporting members to set up and run local network groups, we aim to:

  • Enable SET members to develop and maintain strong local networks.
  • Promote and facilitate a positive culture for practitioner-led professional development.
  • Stimulate educational research and development activities across a wide range of sectors.
  • Provide a forum for practitioners to identify, celebrate and consolidate good practice and member achievements.
  • Promote and share activities and achievements with the wider SET community.
  • Raise awareness and contribute to the development of SET.

Setting up a group in your area

If you are interested in setting up a group in your area, please email us your name, membership number and the area where you’d like to set up a group, to membership.communications@etfoundation.co.uk.

Online local networking group

SET members can access information about past events and talk to other local members online by joining SET's Facebook local networking group

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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