‘It was the best of times…’

I didn’t warm to Charles Dickens. No offence, Mr Dickens. Finer literary minds tell me you’re one of our greatest authors, but I was forced to study A Tale of Two Cities at age 15 when I wanted to be devouring works by Mary Shelley and the Brontës instead. That doesn’t mean that parts ofContinue reading “‘It was the best of times…’”

The Power of Action Research

It was amazing working as a mentor with seven maths and digital-focused practitioner action research teams as part of the The Education and Training Foundation / CC Pathways’ seventh year of #OTLA this year. All teams conducted powerful action research while managing huge upheaval to their FE practice and to their own and their learners’Continue reading “The Power of Action Research”

Building the skills for a sustainable future: the most important report FE professionals can read this year

I’m sure I’ve not been alone in eagerly awaiting the new Education and Training Foundation workforce survey report on sustainability in FE, Experiences of Education for Sustainable Development in the Further Education and Training Sector . Today it’s finally arrived, a timely publication as the UK hosts the UN COP26 conference in just a fewContinue reading “Building the skills for a sustainable future: the most important report FE professionals can read this year”

In praise of complex, ‘messy’ practitioner research

This is the first of 3 blogs on the Education and Training Foundation / CC Consultancy OTLA programme, phase 6. This blog first appeared on the ETF site here on 15th June, 2021. In this blog – the first of a series of three – Dr Lynne Taylerson, the author of a recent thematic review intoContinue reading “In praise of complex, ‘messy’ practitioner research”

Changing times are an impetus for a practice – and a curriculum – spring clean

It’s been fabulous starting up the sixth cohort of the Award in Education and Training for new Apprenticeship and leaderships and management trainers at MET Academy / EMR. Yes, it’s been strange not hopping on the train to Nuneaton and meeting everybody face to face, and it’s been a real challenge redesigning the whole curriculumContinue reading “Changing times are an impetus for a practice – and a curriculum – spring clean”

We need to #ukfechat about values

One of the highlights of my academic year is always the opportunity to host a #ukfechat or two on Twitter. This week on Thursday evening I did just that, ably assisted by several other members of the #APConnect FE community. Our theme was how an individual practitioners’ values impact on their professional practice in FEContinue reading “We need to #ukfechat about values”

Joy in a Cold Climate: Reflections on #APConnect 2020-21

This Real Time blog is written as a contribution to this year’s #APConnect collection of Reflective Accounts. My role in the programme is as ‘digital nurse’, event facilitator and online space designer for Constellation B. I draw on observations and reflections from participating in Advanced Practitioner (AP) conference days, weekly Thinking Environments and Ideas RoomsContinue reading “Joy in a Cold Climate: Reflections on #APConnect 2020-21”

The Challenges of Undertaking Research into Effective, Innovative Digital and Online Learning in Vocational Education and Training

This blog reflects on the process of gathering, sifting and analysing thematically the research on Digital and Online Learning (DOL) in Vocational Education and Training (VET) performed for the European Training Foundation’s (ETF) Creating New Learning (CNL) initiative. It is important, as well as collating findings to produce coherent final research reports, that researchers takeContinue reading “The Challenges of Undertaking Research into Effective, Innovative Digital and Online Learning in Vocational Education and Training”

Combining Learning Platforms and Strategies for Inclusive, Engaging, Effective DOL in VET

This content was first published on 10/09/2020 on the European Training Foundation (ETF) Open Space platform as part of the Creating New Learning blog series Image by Gerd Altmann used under license from Pixabay The first blog on the Digital and Online Learning (DOL) component of the Creating New Learning (CNL) initiative set out theContinue reading “Combining Learning Platforms and Strategies for Inclusive, Engaging, Effective DOL in VET”