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InTuition 28 - summer 2017

FE professionals remain resilient in turbulent times

Tim Weiss 100Px

Your latest issue of inTuition arrives with you following a general election in which education has figured large in the main parties’ manifestos. Happily, I think this signals a growing recognition among politicians of the central importance of high quality education and training.

Change in this direction was already well under way before the election, including reforms to apprenticeships and traineeships (as Mark Dawe discusses in this issue), a brand new suite of technical qualifications (T Levels), and the Area Reviews of further education provision.

Any one of those would be a handful for any profession. And yet, many of the SET members I speak with seem to take this ongoing turbulence in their stride. They are resilient and draw strength from the values, practices and standards that imbue their professional lives.

Nafisah Graham-Brown, who features on the cover and page 10 of this issue, is a case in point. Like so many of our members, Nafisah achieves the extraordinary on a daily basis by offering education and
hope to disadvantaged people, including many refugees.

In these difficult times, teachers and trainers provide vital channels through which those at risk of alienation and disaffection, whatever their background, can instead find a place for themselves in society.

Professionals like Nafisah are under no illusions about the challenges facing education and training. But, amidst the uncertainty, they remain dedicated to their students, and are grounded in a professional practice that is underpinned by evidence and research.

To encourage this dedication, SET has launched its Online Research Library for members, powered by the world-leading EBSCO platform (see the story on page 4). This library offers free access to a world of research to support your understanding and enhancement of your practice, and to help you thrive in your career.

The library includes a specially curated Careers Skills Research Centre, complementing the further information and resources for career development that are available in the new Career Focus section of
our website (see story on page 5).

As ever, we very much welcome your feedback on inTuition. Please feel free to contact me directly at tim.weiss@etfoundation.co.uk, or our team at membership.communications@etfoundation.co.uk.

Tim Weiss

Director of the Society for Education and Training

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