Projects Briefing 27/19

Published: 12 Sep 2019

Professional Exchange 2019-20

AoC has been commissioned by the Education and Training Foundation to lead a Professional Exchange in London and the South West during the 2019-20 academic year. 

The Professional Exchange is a great opportunity for practitioners across the FE sector in both regions to come together and share ideas and resources and to test and trial innovative approaches to teaching, learning and assessment. The programme is open to all FE providers in London and the South West.

Each Professional Exchange member will join a peer group of five - eight individuals to work on a topic of their choice during the academic year.

The topics available to work on will include, English, maths, mental health, digital technologies, quality improvement and SEND. 
If you are interested in joining, please visit the AoC website or email Applications are also open for those who would like to lead a group. 

This would be for advanced practitioners or individuals that are seeking to develop leadership and management skills. Undertaking the role of group lead is an excellent professional development opportunity. 

More information about the Professional Exchange programme can be found on the AoC website.


Funding Opportunity - Teach Too Phase 6

Teach Too supports meaningful collaboration between education and training providers and industry, encouraging employers to spend some time teaching their skills and sharing their knowledge. 

AoC has been commissioned by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) to support collaborative partnerships across the sector to develop Teach Too practice. 

This phase is looking to fund four organisational development projects each with a value of £10,000 and three smaller scale projects each £5000. This phase will focus on wider technical education quality improvement including Apprenticeships, Higher and Degree Level, Higher Technical Skill Delivery and Knowledge Exchange between colleagues who currently deliver Apprenticeships and those preparing to deliver T Levels. 

Phase 6 of the programme will support Post 16 providers to develop and embed Teach Too principles and practice across their whole organisation, to increase their understanding and to develop their practice through use of the Teach Too framework and resources.

More information about how to apply is available here


T Level Professional Development Offer

Funded by the Department for Education, the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has developed a high-quality professional development offer to support teachers, trainers and leaders who will be delivering T Levels in 2020 and beyond. The support aims to ensure that teachers and trainers have the teaching skills, subject knowledge and confidence needed to deliver a high-quality T Level programme from the outset.

Three workshops are being delivered in the North to support practitioners to develop their practice in relation to the first three T Levels: 

  • Digital production, design and development (digital)
  • Design, surveying and planning (construction)
  • Education (education and childcare)

Each workshop will include a session on professional practice and assessment. 

Professional Practice 

This workshop is focused on professional practice and knowledge development. The session will provide support for teachers and trainers who may not have covered some aspects of the T Level curriculum before and want advice and support on teaching particular parts of the course. A sample area of the curriculum will be explained with reference to current industry practice. 
Each session will be delivered by a Technical Education Advisor who has worked with DfE colleagues on the development of the T Level outline content. Participants will have the opportunity to raise professional practice issues for collaborative response. 


This workshop is focused on assessment in T Levels and what it means for teachers and trainers. The assessment of T Levels is summative and graded. For many teachers and trainers, this will be new and will require different approaches to formative assessment and learner preparation.
The sessions will be practical and action-focused, covering:

  • the performance requirements of the T Level 
  • the components of T Level assessment 
  • how T Levels will be graded and how a final grade is reached.

These workshops are offered with no charge to ESFA funded providers. 

Book your place: 

Digital – Stockport, 26 September 2019
Construction – Durham, 2 October 2019
Education and Childcare – Leeds, 8 October 2019

If you would like to arrange a workshop in your area, please email

Industry Placement Case Studies

13 video and eleven written case studies which feature student and employer feedback on their experience of industry placements and featuring different sector settings are now available on the AoC website

The case studies will be a valuable asset to you in speaking to students, parents and employers about industry placements or future T Levels.