I’m still trying to get to grips with Ofsted’s dismissal of research “paucity” in the Further Education and Skills sector. I can confidently say that FE-based research is positively flourishing right now, and I’m proud to have made some small contributions to this, writes Suzanne Savage, doctoral researcher at the Centre for the Study of Practice and Culture at Birmingham University.
My own research journey began as a teaching and learning coach at a small FE college. Together with another member of staff, governors tasked me to increase the number of action plans completed by college lecturers. These action plans were meant to be filled in based upon feedback received after once-yearly observations. In practice, few action plans were completed, and those that were had been done as tick box exercises and buried deep in a folder, never used to develop one’s daily practice.
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Watch the SET webinar recording with Charlotte Bonner, National Head of Education for Sustainable Development at the Education and Training Foundation (ETF), to get insights into experiences and opinions of FE professionals relating to sustainability.
In the latest episode from the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) podcast, Paul Tully, Strategic Researcher at the ETF, is joined by training expert, Joanne Miles, to discuss how teacher research in the form of supported experiments can strengthen professionalism and raise standards in teaching and training.
Resilience. Recovery. Building back better. Reconnection and Re-engaging: These are common words in the current landscape of education and workplaces and was the topic of a recent SET Special Interest Group event I was invited to attend, writes Georgie Ford, Advanced Practitioner in Mental Health and Wellbeing at Weston College.