Practice Development Groups

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. The PDG will consist of action learning sets of practitioners who work together on a short-term, small-scale project to improve an aspect of teaching, learning and assessment to enhance their teaching of English or their embedding of English and maths into other programmes of study, over a four-month period. 

The programme will take place in two rounds and requires participants to meet once a month, over four months, in their action learning sets. Round one starts in October 2020 and ends in January 2021. Round two starts in January 2021 and ends in April 2021.

We are currently recruiting group facilitators and group participants to take part in round one. The group facilitator will lead their action learning set with the support of a teaching, learning and assessment advisor. Action learning sets will consist of 4-5 practitioners. This facilitator role is particularly suited to practitioners that would like to enhance their leadsership skills and/or gain experience facilitating an action learning set. We welcome all practitioners working in organisations that deliver FE (ESFA funded organisation) to take part, either as a facilitator or a practitioner. 

For more information about an action learning set or to apply to take part, please see the links below.  To apply, please submit your completed application form to the projects team. The deadline for the group facilitator role in round one, is Friday 7 August. 

What is an action learning set? Action learning sets video

Group facilitator application:  

Group participant application: