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. AoC are currently welcoming practitioners to participate in the programme.

For more information about the Practice Development Groups, please visit the PDG page on our website.

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 2021

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.

CEC Personal Guidance Fund 
October 2018 – September 2020

The Careers and Enterprise Company are funding 12 colleges to develop and deliver triage training for curriculum staff to support the delivery of personal guidance interviews to as many learners as possible. Existing career professionals will also have the opportunity to upskill.

We will share a final report with the sector on our findings once the project finishes in March 2021. You can find more information about the Careers and Enterprise Company by visiting their website.

Pears #iWill Youth Social Action pilots 
January 2019 – December 2020

AoC is working as the Learning Partner for the Pears #iWill Youth Social Action Pilots. Five colleges have designed their own projects to pilot and embed Youth Social Action in their colleges. As part of this project, we will share best practice and case studies with the sector to encourage other colleges to look at similar approaches. 

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

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

April 2016 – March 2021

AoC is a Secretariat member of the UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI). The UKIERI programme enhances educational links between India and the UK, funding bilateral projects. AoC supports the delivery of skills and leadership development projects.

For more information about the initiative, please visit the British Council’s 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.