Food for thought in this issue, our supplements and SET’s first national conference
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Welcome to your bumper summer issue of inTuition, including our free special maths and English supplements. On the cover we feature SET member Uzma Kazmi, whose incredible career has taken her from Pakistan to the Falkland Islands, via the even more remote island of St Helena. Read her interview on page 10.
In common with many members, Uzma, who gained her QTLS last year, has had to adapt and grow as a teacher – a theme picked up in our lead feature (page 12). It’s the second in a series of articles looking at professional behaviours, this time from the perspective of teachers and trainers. It explores how practitioners adapt and develop in response to changes in education policy to ensure they continue to deliver more than just qualifications for their learners. Teacher educator Diane Thurston picks up on some of these themes on page 16.
Also in the research section (page 18), the Education and Training Foundation’s (ETF) head of partnerships, Paul Kessell-Holland, announces a series of articles debating the question ‘Teaching: art, craft or science?’ These will appear online and in future inTuition issues. Both the maths and the English supplements are packed with leading experts, as well as brilliant case studies of good practice from around the further education and training sector. Look out, too, for the pull-out posters.
At SET we recognise the challenges for teachers and trainers to deliver maths and English GCSE retakes and Functional Skills. The ETF Training Need Analysis (pages 4 and 15) highlights it as an area in which practitioners want support.
SET members are eligible for discounts on all ETF maths and English courses and events, and more support is being planned. So, please use the introductory membership offer – it’s on the back of the sheet carrying your name and address in your inTuition pack – to share these benefits with colleagues, and claim a gift for yourself too!
Finally, I am delighted to announce SET’s inaugural annual conference, being held on 7 November in Birmingham (see page 5). Many thanks to members of the Practitioner Advisory Group who are helping to shape the programme. This is an exciting development for your membership body, and I look forward to meeting many of you there.
Head of Membership at SET
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