10.40: Panel discussion: What does excellence look like?
This panel aims to explore the concept of excellence from three points of view – that of the practitioner, the principal and the inspector. Covering sectors from colleges to adult and community learning, this session explores the very human idea of excellence in the classroom, and the challenges that journey must overcome.
Speakers include Harriet Harper, Nafisah Graham-Brown and Gerry McDonald
Harriet Harper has extensive experience of the FE sector, having worked as a teacher and senior manager, a teacher educator for FE and, for 10 years, one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors. She is an advisor for several of the ETF-funded projects on Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment (OTLA). Harriet has also worked in HE and is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her research focuses on teaching excellence and her book, Outstanding Teaching in Lifelong Learning, is widely used in the FE sector to inform CPD.
Nafisah Graham-Brown is Head of Life Skills and Community at ELATT, a grade 1 education charity in London. She is also NATECLA National Co-chair and a doctoral student at UCL Institute of Education. Her doctoral research focuses on the role of English language learning in helping migrants integrate into UK society. She is particularly interested in the value of social interactions for ESOL students.
Gerry became Principal of Tower Hamlets College in April 2013 following almost four years as the college’s Vice Principal – Curriculum and Standards. Following mergers with Hackney Community College, Redbridge College and Epping Forest College, he became Group Principal and CEO of the combined New City College in April 2017. New City College is the second largest college in London and the eighth in England with a total income of £65 million, more than 5,000 16-18 year olds and 9,000 adult learners.