Welcome from Martin Reid: Rising to the challenge
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The coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact on the further education sector, but we can be proud of the way in which teachers, trainers and sector leaders have responded.
Welcome to the latest issue of inTuition, which I hope you will notice has a rather different look and feel to it. We took the decision last year to bring in a new media partner and freshen up the publication, and this is the result. The journal now features clear sections including news, opinion pieces, feature articles and the practitioner-led pieces we know you value so much. It has been completely redesigned too, and we hope you will find it more visually appealing and easy to navigate and read.
As I write this, we’re all still coping with the coronavirus pandemic and having to adjust the way in which we work. We’ve heard many inspiring stories from across the sector about how you’ve been responding. You will, hopefully, have received our special issue a few weeks ago, outlining how we can respond to the challenges of home-based teaching and working. Our cover interview with Amanda Melton (page 12) provides insight into how Nelson and Colne College has adapted. The current situation isn’t all she’s had to cope with: the college is busy preparing for the roll-out of T Levels in September while her remit takes her far beyond the realms of the college itself, even in normal circumstances.
On page 16, our feature on EdTech should provide some food for thought around making best use of the latest technology, which has been a saviour in recent months. It’s also something likely to become an increasingly prominent part of teaching in the future, and the current situation has only served to accelerate that.
Another must-read is an article by Phil Beach CBE, executive director for vocational and technical qualifications at Ofqual, who explains how the Government has gone about awarding grades for vocational and technical qualifications, GCSEs, and AS and A Levels (page 15).
And don’t miss our feature on teaching learners with special educational needs and neurodiversity (page 20), or our in-depth look at the independent training provider sector (page 24). Thanks to those who have contributed their own experiences and learnings to this issue. We’re pleased to feature incisive articles by Melanie Lanser on vocational education (page 28), Kathryn Langford on the development of heutagogy (page 32) and Geoff Petty on the topic of independent learning (page 34). Special thanks, too, to Dr Anne Davis, head of mathematics at Earlscliffe, who offers her critical analysis of the latest book releases on page 39.
Finally, a reminder please – if you haven’t already done so – to renew your SET membership with us. We are stronger together, and I do hope you feel that SET provides a valuable and supportive network.
I wish you all the best and hope you enjoy this issue of inTuition.
Martin Reid, Director of SET
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