The Teach Too programme from the Education and Training Foundation (ETF), will distribute funds across the sector to see industry experts spending time teaching current practitioners to help ensure that off-the-job vocational education and training is as up to date as possible in accordance to current work practices.
The Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment (OTLA) Programme
The OTLA programme is an Education and Training Foundation (ETF) programme which aims to promote and enhance the quality of teaching, learning and assessment in post-16 education and training in preparation for the introduction of T Levels.
T Level Professional Development (TLPD) Offer: Knowledge Hubs
The Education and Training Foundation has developed a high-quality T Level Professional Development Offer to support teachers, trainers and leaders in the delivery of T Levels from 2020 and beyond. Three regional Knowledge Hubs have been established to run local networks, deliver high quality CPD and provide £45,000 Project Funding for Groups of Providers. More information is available on the AoC website.
CEC Personal Guidance Fund
The Careers & Enterprise Company are funding a group of colleges to develop and deliver triage training for curriculum staff to support the delivery of personal guidance interviews to as many learners as possible, as well as upskilling existing careers professionals.
The Scholarship Project – The Scholarship Framework
The Association of Colleges (AoC) was awarded £2.75 million by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) Catalyst Fund to support the development and embedding of a distinct scholarly ethos across the college higher education (HE) sector. A key output of the Scholarship Project was the Scholarship Framework (www.thescholarshipframework.co.uk). The framework provides resources that can be used to support scholarly activity within college HE. This includes student scholarly activity, peer review and employer engagement.
The 5Rs - A revision year approach to GCSE Maths Resits
The 5Rs - A revision year approach to GCSE Maths resits is a Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) project that aims to support students re-sitting their GCSEs to improve their attainment.
The programme content is built on the 40 most common topics in GCSE exams and common exam pitfalls and also aims to introduce students to alternative methods for undertaking common but tricky calculations, such as multiplying numbers and adding fractions.
The Centres for Excellence in Maths is a national programme funded by the Department for Education (DfE) and managed on its behalf by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) with a range of delivery partners, including the Association of Colleges. It aims to deliver a step change in maths teaching up to Level 2 in post-16 settings to help increase the number of young people leaving compulsory education with basic maths skills, up to GCSE and equivalent level.
More Pathways to FE
With funding from ETF, AoC are facilitating short paid internships for 3rd year undergraduates in colleges. The project will provide 22 placements for colleges in the South East region. The aim of the project is to raise the profile of FE teaching and the number of students choosing to teach in the FE sector.
Professional Exchanges in London and the South West
The Professional Exchange in 2018/19 includes the continuation of the London Professional Exchange and the set-up of a new Professional Exchange in the South West. The Professional Exchange is a network of practitioners coming together to share ideas and resources and to test and trial innovative approaches to teaching, learning and assessment.
Running from October 2017 until September 2021, this Erasmus + funded project will produce examples of effective practice in apprenticeship and work based learning settings from seven other European countries. This best practise will be shared at the end of the project with further education colleges in England.
The project is being led by DHBW Center for Advanced Studies, Germany, with other contributing partners are from Austria, Belgium, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain.
This KA2 European partnership project will look at why some European economies and societies are far more successful than others in integrating migrants into their labour markets and why they are better in offering opportunities to young migrants enabling them to showcase their talents and obtain qualifications. The partnered countries included Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Germany and UK.
AoC is currently involved in two Erasmus+ projects. Our projects focus on areas of importance to college life, such as our Key Action 1 project 'Developing Good Practice in Safeguarding Students', which examines mental health support strategies in Finland and the Netherlands and focuses on issues around extremism in Sweden linked to England’s Prevent strategy. AoC's Key Action 2 project 'SHERPA' looks at why some European economies and societies are more successful than others in integrating asylum seekers and refugees into their labour markets, and in offering opportunities which enable young immigrants to showcase their talents and obtain qualifications.
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.
End Point Assessment Hub Pilot
Working with City and Guilds, we are piloting a hub model which utilises the skills of college assessors to deliver high quality, local and timely end point assessments on behalf of City and Guilds. We are working closely with the ESFA to develop a model which has the potential to be replicated, creating an effective solution for high quality EPAs, an upskilled workforce and revenue stream.
ETF Governance Development Programme
ETF have commissioned Association of Colleges to develop this comprehensive training programme for college governors, with the initial phase due to launch in April 2019. Between January and March 2019 this programme will be in development, and we are looking for pilot colleges to complete and evaluate eight free modules in their testing phase. Development modules will be run at core, proficient, advanced level. To find out more and register your interest, please click here.
ETF have commissioned Association of Colleges to work as the Northern hub of the Further Forces Programme, in collaboration with the University of Portsmouth and University of Brighton. The Further Forces Programme is also supported by the Ministry of Defence and the Gatsby Charitable Foundation. Further Forces is an initiative designed to support service personnel preparing to leave or who have recently left the Services become FE trainers/teachers. There is a high demand within the FE sector for skilled teachers, in particular in STEM roles. The Ministry of Defence is committed to supporting its outgoing service personnel to transition into civilian life. The intention of the Further Forces programme is to service both of these needs. The service leaver will be provided with high-quality training leading to a nationally recognised teaching qualification, and supported to find a job working as a teacher in the FE sector.
Pears #iWill Youth Social Action pilots
AoC is working as the Learning Partner for the Pears #iWill Youth Social Action Pilots. City of Bristol College, North Hertfordshire College, Newcastle College, RNN Group and Shipley College have all designed their own projects to pilot and embed Youth Social Action in their colleges.
As part of this project we will share best practice with the sector, to encourage other colleges to look at similar approaches.