Current projects

Practice Development Groups
July 2020 – April 2021

The Practice Development Groups (PDG) programme is a national programme funded by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF), with regional activity in London and the South West being delivered by AoC. The PDG programme aims to promote practitioner-led, collaborative professional development across the Further Education and Training sector through action learning sets.

Practitioners will work together in online action learning sets to enhance their teaching of English or their embedding of English and maths into other programmes of study, over a four-month period.

T Level Professional Development offer 
April 2020 – July 2021

AoC is working in partnership with the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) to deliver aspects of the T Level Professional development TLPD offer on behalf of the Department for Education.

The TLPD offer, which started to become available from in September 2020, is available in stages and is aimed primarily at those providers and their staff who will start the delivery of T Levels in 2021.

For more information please visit the ETF website

Centres for Excellence in Maths 
February 2019 – March 2023

The Centres for Excellence in Maths is a national programme funded by the Department for Education (DfE) and led by the Education and Training Foundation with a range of delivery partners, including the Association of Colleges.

The programme aims to deliver a step change in maths teaching up to Level 2 in 21 post-16 settings to help increase the number of young people leaving compulsory education with basic maths skills, up to GCSE and equivalent level.

For more information about the programme, please visit the Centres for Excellence in Maths page. To find out more about how your college can get involved in the programme by joining a network or to receive the CfEM newsletters, please email

T Level Transition Programme 
May 2019 – September 2021

AoC is working in partnership with the Department for Education (DfE) and over 75 T Level Transition Programme providers to explore current and innovative practice to ensure students are T Level ‘ready’.

The T Level Transition Programme is a preparation programme for T Levels that is intended for students not yet ready to start a T Level at age 16, but who can realistically achieve a T Level by age 19.

The programme consists of five core components: diagnostic and guidance period, English and maths, work experience and preparation, introductory technical skills and pastoral support and personal development.

The Framework for Delivery sets out information for post 16 T Level providers about the T Level Transition Programme.

Regional Specialist Leads 
April 2020 – March 2021

ETF Regional Specialist Leads (RSL) support practitioners and providers throughout the country to access professional development in maths and English. They can signpost you to the activities that best suit your needs. To find your region’s RSL please visit the ETF website.

Pears #iwill Youth Social Action Apprenticeship project
March 2021 - March 2023

In partnership with AoC, the Pears #iWill Fund is pleased to be investing in 6 Youth Social Action Apprentices to work across 24 colleges nationally. The main focus of the apprentice is to raise the awareness of Youth Social Action (YSA) and empower students to take action and address local issues, as well as creating opportunities to undertake meaningful work experience around social action. The Apprentice training will be provided by UCAN. For more information, please visit the Pears page on our website.

The 5Rs - A revision year approach to GCSE Maths Resits 
February 2019 – May 2021

The 5Rs – A revision year approach to GCSE Maths resits is an Education Endowment Foundation funded project that aimed to support students resitting their GCSE’s. We worked with over 40 post-16 providers to trial the 5Rs approach.

The programme content was built on the 40 most common topics in GCSE exams as well as common exam pitfalls. Due to Covid-19 the programme was not able to conclude; however we will be sharing some of the findings in an evaluation report in May 2021. 

For more information about The 5Rs - A revision year approach to GCSE Maths Resits, visit the EEF website.

Enrichment Research Project 
March 2020 – August 2024

The move from demand led funding to programmes of study in 2007 resulted in a reduction of funding for enrichment activities across the further education (FE) sector.

With funding from NCFE, AoC is working in partnership with the University of Derby, who will deliver a robust piece of longitudinal research that will capture the impact of funding cuts but also identify effective models of enrichment.

Greater Manchester Mental Health Project – phase 2
July 2020 – July 2021

During the last year Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership has engaged in an innovative partnership with the further education sector by investing in both test and learn projects as well as capacity building projects that will impact on colleges and students for years to come.

There is now an opportunity to build on this work by delivering a further programme that builds on our knowledge of what works, encourages more colleges to take innovative approaches and starts to build links between the wider programme of work underway with schools and colleges across Greater Manchester.

PRALINE (Promoting Adult Learning in Networks) 
January 2021 – January 2024

The primary objective of this project is to strengthen the existing EUproVET network which is a representational platform for European VET and Adult Education providers’ associations at either national or regional level.

AoC will be a supporting partner in this project, contributing to the project through engagement and collaboration.

AoC will inform the project working towards identifying best practices and sharing the expertise in supporting international networks and forums.

EXPECT (Exchanges of Practices in Education for Climate Targets)
October 2020 - September 2022

AoC will be a supporting partner in this project which is an exchange of good practices in education for climate targets for countries to learn from each other and to report on the lessons learned.

The project will result in a portfolio of good practices in education for climate targets including a toolbox containing procedures and instruments from all partners, about how VET programmes can contribute to equipping current and future professionals with the required innovative knowledge and skills to realise the ambitions of the climate agreements.

For more information about the EXPECT project, click here.