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  • New ways of seeing into and making changes to teaching, learning and assessment practices
    David Powell, Director of The Education and Training Consortium, writes on how the theories of practice architectures and ecologies of practices can enable us to understand teaching, learning and assessment differently and to transform our own practices. He describes how these theories can be applied within the context of GCSE re-sits, and outlines how the 19 education and training providers participating in the North East and Cumbria Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment (OTLA) are using the theories to develop and share approaches for ensuring outstanding practice across a range of contexts and topics.

  • Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment (OTLA) North East & Cumbria
    The North East and Cumbria OTLA inception meeting took place on the 17th of March at Newcastle College, with representation from 19 education and training providers. The OTLA will enable 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.

  • ESOL delivery in the secure estate
    Thursday 11 May 2017, BVSC: The Centre for Voluntary Action, Birmingham. The aim of this free event is to share the findings of the first year of the three year Improving Language, Improving Lives project. The project aims to enhance ESOL screening and provision delivery in prisons by working with tutors, prison staff and learners to develop and pilot an ESOL screening tool and a Citizens' Curriculum ESOL course.

  • Condition of funding on provision of English and mathematics in 2017 to 2018
    The latest guidance from the Education and Skills Funding Agency states that full time students starting their study programme who have a grade 3 or D GCSE or equivalent qualification in maths and/or English must be enrolled on a GCSE, rather than an approved stepping stone qualification.

  • Ofqual Blog: the new maths GCSE
    Ofqual's blog reports on a recent meeting with maths teachers about the new 9-1 GCSE, in which they explain about grade boundary setting, ensuring fairness between cohorts and across both tiers

  • New agency to provide joined-up education and skills funding
    The Education Funding Agency and Skills Funding Agency have merged to become one body. The new, single funding agency - to be called the Education and Skills Funding Agency - will sit within the Department for Education and begin to operate from April 2017.

  • New two tier GCSE pass grade
    The Secretary of State for Education has outlined arrangements for reporting on the new GCSEs. The new qualifications will be graded 9-1 instead of A*-G, with 9 the highest grade. A grade 4 will be deemed a standard pass and a grade 5 a strong pass.

  • New SEND exhibition site and resources
    The Education and Training Foundation has launched a new exhibition site dedicated to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). With key information and resources, the site is designed to help post-16 learning providers, practitioners, leaders and managers to recognise their key role in improving outcomes for learners with special educational needs and disabilities.

  • Initial Teacher Education report published
    The Education and Training Foundation has published its third annual report on Initial Teacher Education (ITE). This looks at the 2014/2015 academic year. It is clear that people often undergo ITE as part of a career change, or adding teaching to an existing technical profession.

  • RaPAL Conference 2017: UK Literacies in a Global Context
    RaPAL represents practitioners, learners and researchers in the field of adult literacies in the UK and around the world. The next RaPAL conference will be held on Saturday the 24th of June from 9:30 to 16:30 at The Quaker Meeting House, 22 School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BT (less than half a mile from Liverpool Lime Street station). The deadline for the call for Workshops/ Papers is the 18th of April.