Practice Development Groups

The Practice Development Groups (PDG) programme is a free 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 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. 

Participants can choose to focus on different areas relating to the teaching of English or the embedding of English and maths into other programmes of study. Examples of current participant focuses include: 

  • digital technology 
  • the impact of language in maths
  • blended learning
  • student engagement 

The programme will take place in two rounds and requires participants to meet once a month, for four months, in their action learning sets. Participants can either join round one, which starts in November 2020 and ends in February 2021 or round two which starts in January 2021 and ends in April 2021.

We are currently recruiting group facilitators and group participants to take part. The group facilitator will lead their action learning set with the support of a teaching, learning and assessment advisor. The group facilitator role is particularly suited to practitioners that would like to enhance their leadership skills and/or gain experience facilitating an action learning set. There is some funding available for group facilitators.

    We welcome all practitioners working in organisations that deliver FE (ESFA funded organisation) to take part in this free CPD opportunity as either 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. 

    What is an action learning set? Action learning sets video

    Group facilitator application:  

    Group participant application: