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  • Free SEND resource launched for IAG providers and teaching staff
    The SEND: Sources of Support toolkit has been designed to help learners with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) fulfil their ambitions and aspirations. The toolkit includes information and tools to help listen to learners with SEND, support learners into employment, learn more about Traineeships and Supported Internships and how to engage with employers.

  • Supporting the Teaching of Functional Skills: two day customised course
    This two day CPD course, which is customised to address your organisation's priorities for Functional Skills, will help you develop an action plan to facilitate change and will enable your team to collectively plan and design differentiated, inclusive Functional maths and English programmes.

  • North East and Cumbria OTLA Final 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 18th December for an inspiring and uplifting event to celebrate the success of the North East and Cumbria Oustanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment (OTLA) programme.

  • Discover new materials and approaches to support the teaching and learning of functional skills
    This interactive 90-minute webinar will introduce you to a new set of highly engaging materials produced by the Education and Training Foundation to support learners' Functional Skills (maths and English) development. The materials are appropriate to a range of contexts, including 16-19 learners, apprentices, adult returners, learners in prisons and ESOL, and can be used in both high and low-tech teaching environments.

  • Maths and English in Apprenticeships: Interactive Webinars
    Are you interested in improving your delivery of maths and English within the new apprenticeship standards? As part of the Maths and English Pipeline we are offering a series of interactive CPD webinars to support a range of staff including assessors, work-based supervisors, trainers, instructors, employers and managers to address some of the key challenges around delivering maths and English in apprenticeships.

  • Quick Reads 2018 titles
    The Reading Agency has recently announced next year's Quick Reads authors and titles, which will be available from 1 February 2018. Quick Reads are bite-sized books by bestselling writers and celebrities. They are ideal for regular readers wanting a short, fast read, and for those who have lost the reading habit or find reading tough.

  • OTLA North East and Cumbria Calendar 2018
    This 2018 calendar, which is available to download and print, was produced by conference artist Graham Ogilvie to celebrate the success of the Outstanding Teaching Learning and Assessment (OTLA) North East and Cumbria.

  • Supporting the Teaching of Functional Skills: new one-day courses
    The aim of these one-day courses, developed and delivered by ccConsultancy and partners, is to introduce you to newly-produced exemplar activities produced by Pye Tait Consulting on behalf of the Education and Training Foundation. The courses will help you to understand how you can adapt and use the activities to develop learners' Functional Skills abilities and support learners to achieve Functional Skills outcomes.

  • Effective practice in the delivery and teaching of English and Mathematics to 16-18 year olds
    Report from the Department for Education on effective teaching and provision of English and mathematics to those without GCSE grades A* to C

  • Professional Development Programme to Support the Teaching of Functional Skills in Maths and English
    The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) has commissioned ccConsultancy and partners to develop and deliver professional development courses for teachers of Functional Skills maths and English using a new set of materials, developed by Pye Tait Consulting on behalf of ETF, to support the teaching and learning of these qualifications.