Projects Briefing 41/19

Published: 08 Jan 2020

Professional Exchange Cornwall - Call for participants

AoC are looking for practitioners based in the Cornwall and Devon region to take part in the Professional Exchange programme.

The Professional Exchange is a national programme funded by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) which aims to support locally organised groups of practitioners in FE to come together to share ideas and resources. The groups will also test and trial innovative approaches to teaching, learning and assessment.

Peer groups involve five to eight individuals who have an interest in a similar topic. It is a great CPD opportunity and is a chance to network with others in the sector. Past groups have explored topics such as:

  • Digital Technology
  • English
  • Maths
  • Health care 
  • Effective teaching and learning 

For more information and to apply to take part, please visit our website or contact the Projects team.

Deadline: Thursday 30 January

SEND Funding for FE Students

ETF, in partnership with AoC, will be holding a one-day workshop delivered by Clare Howard and David Lucas on everything you need to know about SEND funding for FE. The workshop will:

  • explain how to use the various funding streams
  • provide an outline of how high needs funding, disadvantage blocks and the adult education budget can support students with SEND (including those with EHCPs).
  • provide top tips on contracting, relationships with LAs and direction of travel in high needs funding

The workshop will be taking place in Northampton on Tuesday 21 January 2020.

For more information and to book your place, please visit the ETF booking site.

Learners with profound and multiple learning difficulties; delivering high quality provision in the mainstream FE sector

AoC, in partnership with the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) are holding a one-day training event for FE providers working with, or seeking information about, learners with profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD).

The aim of this one-day training event is to extend understanding of how to support all learners effectively in the mainstream FE sector. Various themes such as transition, developing the curriculum and personalisation will be covered in the event.

Delegates will learn:

  • How to benefit from best practice in FE PMLD provision
  • The value of self-assessment and how to use the self-assessment tool
  • The risks involved and how to mitigate these
  • Next steps in development of your provision
  • Contact details for networking and sharing ideas 

For more information about the course, please email

Erasmus +, funded study visits to Finland or the Netherlands

Developing Good Practice in Safeguarding Students (DGPSS) is a mobility project for staff engaged in vocational education and training (VET). Managed and led by AoC, it is funded through the European Commission’s Erasmus+ Programme under Key Action 1.

The aim is to organise two group study visits (one to Finland and one to the Netherlands) to enable those tasked with looking at mental health support and these areas of safeguarding responsibility within their work to learn about the challenges faced in partner countries, share experience and expertise and identify new approaches to these important areas of work. 

The programme is open to those directly involved in mental health support in AoC member colleges in England and will support one member of staff from a college. 

For more information and how to apply please click here.