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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • "We are all Researchers!" Creating a research-active community
    Professor Jean McNiff made this powerful rallying call to the support assistants, trainers, assessors, teachers and managers who work across the prisons, training providers, workplaces and colleges in the North East and Cumbria. During a week of visits, Jean joined groups of OTLA project participants to share what it means to be a practitioner researcher in our sector.

  • Learners at HMP Feltham win maths challenge
    HMP Feltham has beaten off competition from 23 prisons to win the 3 out of 5 maths challenge shield for 2016/17.

  • Supporting maths and English learning in the workplace - a guide for union learning reps
    This short unionlearn guide provides a short introduction, ideas for developing maths and English learning in the workplace and a list of useful resources for all reps to utilise in the workplace. It will also prove useful for anyone involved in workplace learning.

  • BookBenches pop up across Manchester
    The Read Manchester BookBench trail has officially opened! 58 benches shaped like open books will be on display at cultural venues across Manchester all summer, as part of the Read Manchester campaign.

  • GCSE Reforms - new web page
    The DfE has a new GCSE webpage which provides information for students, parents, employers and those who work in education. It explains why the GCSEs are changing, when they are changing, why the grading scale is changing, how the new grades align with the A* to G scale and the difference between a standard and a strong pass.

  • Reading Well Scheme
    Available from English public libraries from July 2017, the Reading Well scheme aims to provide millions of patients, carers and the general public with the tools to better understand and confidently self-manage their conditions.

  • New SEND practitioner self-assessment tool
    This new SEND practitioner self-assessment tool will enable you to assess and develop your knowledge and skills in supporting SEND learners.