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  • North East and Cumbria OTLA Interim Dissemination Event
    Trainers, learning support assistants, teachers, managers, assessors, teacher trainers, leaders and academics from across the education and training sector joined together at Ramside Hall in Durham on the 8th September for an inspiring and uplifting event to mark the ‘half way point’ in the North-East and Cumbria OTLA programme.

  • Empowering teaching and learning communities to effectively promote equality and celebrate diversity
    An update from Darlington Learning and Skills Service, Bishop Auckland College and South West Durham Training on their collaborative OTLA project, which aims to trial different ways of raising staff confidence around Equality and Diversity, and improve learners' access to and engagment with meaningful E&D provision.

  • Communication Starters and Enders Cards
    The Education and Training Foundation has produced a set of cards containing short activities that can be used at the start or end of training or education sessions to help learners develop their confidence and abilities to communicate effectively.

  • Consultation on reformed subject content for Functional Skills qualifications
    Reformed Functional Skills will be introduced in September 2019. The reformed subject content consultation document asks questions on the proposed content for all five qualification levels in mathematics and English. The consultation will run from 12 September until 07 November 2017. Make sure you have your say!

  • BookBench at HMP Manchester inspires prisoners to explore literature
    Throughout the summer, benches shaped like open books popped up across Manchester to celebrate the city's love of reading. 58 BookBench sculptures, installed as part of the Read Manchester campaign, were decorated with literary designs by local schools and community groups.

  • Sharing Lives, Sharing Languages: A Pilot Project for New Scots' Social and Language Integration
    Building on a peer education model, this project, designed, developed and implemented by the Scottish Refugee Council, enabled peer groups to bring together non-native English speakers and local community members under the coordination of peer educators.

  • Join PD North, The Northern Professional Exchange
    Is there an aspect of your role that you would like to develop, working with like minded professionals? Become part of a dedicated community sharing resources and expertise with your own network meetings and website. Find out how your organisation can become a member of Professional Development North (PD North), the Northern Professional Exchange for tutors, trainers, assessors and programme managers working in the education and training sector.

  • News from the OTLA North East & Cumbria
    The latest news from the Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment North East & Cumbria is now available to read online. The OTLA is enabling groups of education and training providers to access collaborative development grants to investigate and develop teaching, learning and assessment approaches for the benefit of learners.

  • Refreshing our teaching at Bishop Auckland
    Twenty-one teachers, trainers and support staff from across South West Durham joined forces to kick off the Bishop Auckland College’s project “Outstanding Teaching, Learning & Assessment” programme in May.

  • An Introduction to Practitioner-led Research
    The OTLA team in the North East and Cumbria have developed a one-day introductory course for practitioners in Education and Training settings who may be new to practitioner-led research. The course aims to introduce them to a range of practical strategies for investigating, evaluating and improving their teaching and emphasises the necessity of working with other staff in order to understand and change teaching practices in differing contexts.