Breakout sessions

The SET Conference 2018 delivered a range of practical workshops and presentations covering Maths and English, Technical and Vocational Education, Digital Innovation and Pedagogy, SEND, Inclusion and Learning Support, and Wellbeing and Resilience.

Delegates could attend two breakout sessions throughout the day: 11.30am and 1.30pm.


Maths and English

1. This session showcases the work of the Prison Mentoring Research and Development Group at HMP Wakefield in conjunction with NOVUS. This is a practical workshop which put you in the position of our ESOL and low level learners in order to see the work we created to help order from the weekly food menu. Be prepared to enter HMP Wakanda where you will be given a realistic exercise based on life in prison. This is an exciting project developed by prisoners for learners in their own community. Come and take part in a fun, informative and interactive learning session with Lindsay Battersby Deputy Education Manager NOVUS.

2. Andrew Noyes and Diane Dalby from the University of Nottingham will present findings from the Nuffield-funded research project Mathematics in Further Education Colleges (MiFEC). They will focus on two specific strands of the project: a national survey of mathematics teachers in a FE colleges and case studies of six large FE providers. The survey sheds new light on the roles, responsibilities, workloads and professional development of mathematics teachers in FE colleges, whilst the case studies trace the reasons behind current demands on teachers. This important research reveals much about teachers’ work practices and the policy decisions that shape the workforce. Delegates are also invited to a drop-in session during the lunch hour where they can contribute to the research by adding their personal experiences and opinions.

Technical and Vocational Education

1. Have you or your colleagues started to prepare for the introduction of T levels? AoC has been leading a major Education and Training Foundation funded programme, involving more than 20 collaborative projects, each exploring innovative approaches to the outstanding teaching, learning and assessment of technical knowledge and skills. This breakout session provides an opportunity to learn from those who led two of the earlier projects, about their achievements, challenges and lessons learnt. 

2. CONEL will share its learning from working with master technicians to embed industry skills and knowledge into assignments and teaching resources. Myerscough College will also present its early findings on the use of virtual reality technology to enhance student practical skills in preparation for employment.

Digital Innovation and Pedagogy

1. Vikki Liogier, Head of Learning Technologies at ETF, presents a session focusing on learning technologies to support the FE and training sector workforce.  Attendees will gain a good overview, not only of the current support in Learning Technologies that is available to the sector, but also the ETF 3-year EdTech road map. A Q&A 10 minutes session at the end of the presentation will give the opportunity for the floor to give feedback and make suggestions on how to further support the sector in harnessing learning technologies for teaching learning and assessment.

2. Dominic Thompson (Higher Education Manager/Teaching & Learning Coach at Havant and South Downs College) demonstrates how the principles of Joint Practice Development (JPD) have been applied when attempting to solve the issue of staff engagement with CPD. The culmination of this project is the Teacher's Takeaway, which is an online platform showcasing instances of outstanding teaching, learning and assessment where staff from three local colleges, Havant and South Downs, Eastleigh and Abingdon and Whitney College, have recorded short videos on various topics including management of learning, use of technology and embedding English and Maths. The collaborative nature of JPD (and also the outcome of the project) sought to break the 'silo mentality' or as Schulman (1993) calls it “pedagogic solitude” via inclusive and effective relationships being built, and this website is an example of how that can be achieved. 

Wellbeing and Resilience

The Education Support Partnership is the UK’s only mental health and wellbeing charity for professionals working in education. The organisation has recently conducted an in-depth study around mental health among further education staff, and the results will be discussed at this interactive panel. Chaired by Julian Stanley (CEO of the Education Support Partnership), we will hear from panellists from the AoC, the ETF and more. With plenty of opportunity for audience participation, the session will debate various issues raised in this research regarding wellbeing and mental health in the FE sector.


Maths and English

Norma Honey and Gail Lydon are ETF Regional Specialist Leads for Maths and English. In this session Norma and Gail will investigate the concept of mastery in both Maths and English teaching and learning. The concept of mastery is characterised by a recognition that we are all capable of succeeding: in this case in both Maths and English. The session is based on research findings in the sector and is an opportunity for you to discuss mastery with colleagues and consider its place in your teaching practice. 

Technical and Vocational Education

Cerian Ayres, Head of Technical Education at ETF, hosts a session on 'Technical education workforce development support - building capacity'. The Government made a manifesto commitment to address the teacher recruitment challenge and to build capacity to address technical education reforms in terms of apprenticeships and T Level implementation.

  • Struggling to recruit technical experts and industry professionals to ‘hard to fill’ technical teaching roles?
  • Do you have an idea for an innovation project that would allow genuine two -way street working between your organisation and industry, finding local solutions to local challenges?

This workshop will share the ETF workforce development support offer and funding opportunities available. It will explore the technical workforce development support available to you through a variety of ETF programmes, including: Taking Teaching Further, Teach Too, Further Forces and SET for Teaching Success.

Explore how to effectively embed Teach Too principles and practice to enable effective knowledge transfer between employers and providers. There will be examples of genuine two-way street working that have informed horizon scanning, curriculum co-design, planning and delivery, quality improvement in teaching and learning and enriched learning experiences for teachers, managers, employers and students. A number of resources to support continuing professional development will also be available.

Digital Innovation and Pedagogy

Esther Barrett (Subject specialist, Teaching, Learning and Assessment, JISC) presents: 21st Century Learners – How can we help them prepare for the modern workplace? The 21st Century workplace looks very different now from a generation ago. Our learners need skills, knowledge and experience that we are only just beginning to understand. Does our practice support our learners in their journey? In this workshop Dr Esther Barrett will take a practical look at the modern learning landscape and how we can use digital tools and techniques to develop our learners’ skills. Bring a mobile device, laptop or tablet – this will be a hands-on session.

SEND, Inclusion and Learning Support

1. Jane Finch, Head of Teacher Education, Project Management and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, explains the ETF Essential SEND Managers program. Jane has worked in the specialist sector for 40 years in a variety of professional roles, and as a specialist teacher educator for 30 years working with teachers and trainers across the UK to develop their skills to become specialist teachers for people who have physical and sensory disabilities and difficulties, specific learning difficulties and additional learning needs. 

Her remit has been within general further education colleges, specialist colleges, schools, training organisations and in offender learning. Jane will also demonstrate bespoke Specialist Teaching Educator and Learning Support Worker qualifications to upskill teachers, trainers and support workers working with disabled learners and marginalised groups. She has also co-developed an online learning programme to support teacher educators in the delivery of specialist programmes.

2. Kath Wood is a Disability Training and Consultancy Specialist from Remploy with over 20 years’ experience of working in the field of disability. For the last five years she has been developing and delivering training on mental health, neurodiverse conditions and other disabilities. Most recently she has led on the development of ETF courses on Dyslexia, Autism and Hearing Impairment, which are being delivered around the country.

The fully interactive session will enable delegates to gain a broad understanding of a range of disabilities and explore the types of adjustments that can be made to teaching, training delivery and employment support. Copies of the slides and the exercise will be made available to delegates after the session.

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