Daniel Wilson, Teacher of Creative Digital Media,  Ashton under-lyne Sixth Form College

As an FE teacher I often struggle to find the boundary between being an attentive and supportive educator and doing too much for my learners. In all teachers there is a caring nature which drives us above and beyond in helping each student achieve outstanding outcomes. As we all search for new methods and dedicate hours to creating resources it can become easy to place the onus on ourselves rather than our learners. This can be detrimental to teachers, with a GOV.UK survey finding the average  working week to be approximately 54 hours (with around 19 hours outside of the workplace), but can also create bad habits in our learners.

FE institutions get to spend such a short time with their learners yet handle an incredibly difficult transition. We need to nurture them from student to independent adult. They need to be armed for their next step, whether into university, work or training. I’m guilty of creating reels of resources with the best intentions of helping young people gain qualifications. However in doing this I am often leading learners down the simplest path to success in my subject. I believe that my methods in the past have taken away student grit and determination in the favour of outcomes. However through occasionally flipping the classroom I believe these important skills can be instilled in our learners.

The flipped classroom method rotates the traditional method for teaching and learning. Rather than delivering on new topics in session, students access content from home. When they then come into sessions they undertake tasks to consolidate and check their learning, with the teacher free to spend individual time to stretch, challenge and assist each student.  

This method is often successfully aligned with the use of technology. Generation Z are statistically the largest users of personal devices. In Britain the average FE student has at least two smart devices, with phones and tablets being the most common. As teachers we can tap into this device time, giving students easy access to independent learning. The tasks outside of the classroom could be videos (already existing or created by yourself), podcasts (apps such as Podbean are incredibly user friendly), articles or web pages. All of which students will be able to access from a smartphone, making the process feel natural to their habits.

This method can enhance individual choice, with learners choosing a time and place for their learning. They may also personalise the task, choosing to mind map, make notes, prepare questions for the lesson or further their knowledge through research. However, arguably the largest advantage of this style of learning is that it encourages independence. Away from the support and structure of the teacher and classroom, students will be tasked to go it alone. Students will be required to show determination and initiative to problem solve. The majority of our learners will enjoy this challenge and gain a sense of achievement, having truly been responsible for their learning. Allowing students to struggle and persevere as they learn at home can have outstanding benefits in the classroom and further on in their lives, as they will develop grit and the confidence to trust their decision making.

Flipping the classroom need not be a huge shift, it can simply be a rejigging of homework. Homework is traditionally used to stretch our learners further following on from your delivery and activity in sessions. However in the flipped classroom method homework consists of a task which introduces the student to the topic. Session time is then used to stretch and support learners to ensure that they reach their individual best.

Although this method may take some getting used to, it can carry excellent benefits for both teacher and learning and does not require extensive set up to attempt. Education training provider and think tank SOPHIA found that 96% of teachers surveyed would recommend trying the flipped approach after themselves trialling it. Sophia also found that 9 out of 10 teachers in the survey found positive changes in their students and their lessons. 71% also found that their learner outcomes were improved.

This method can be used as little or as extensively as you wish and can really help develop later life skills in your learners. By instilling these skills in our learners we can have a distinct impact on their success outside of the curriculum.

Daniel Wilson, Teacher of Creative Digital Media,  Ashton under-lyne Sixth Form College

You may also be interested in these articles:

Sponsored Video

Register, Login or Login with your Social Media account:


Upcoming FE Events

Advertiser Skyscrapers

Newsroom Activity

Abertay has published a new article: How do I qualify as a First Aid Trainer? 1 hour 21 minutes ago
FE News: The Future of Education News Channel had a status update on Twitter 1 hour 27 minutes ago

The latest podcasts from FE News for 10/16/2021 - https://t.co/Hyjo6M7BQX
View Original Tweet

Latest Education News

Further Education News

The FE News Channel gives you the latest education news and updates on emerging education strategies and the #FutureofEducation and the #FutureofWork.

Providing trustworthy and positive Further Education news and views since 2003, we are a digital news channel with a mixture of written word articles, podcasts and videos. Our specialisation is providing you with a mixture of the latest education news, our stance is always positive, sector building and sharing different perspectives and views from thought leaders, to provide you with a think tank of new ideas and solutions to bring the education sector together and come up with new innovative solutions and ideas.

FE News publish exclusive peer to peer thought leadership articles from our feature writers, as well as user generated content across our network of over 3000 Newsrooms, offering multiple sources of the latest education news across the Education and Employability sectors.

FE News also broadcast live events, podcasts with leading experts and thought leaders, webinars, video interviews and Further Education news bulletins so you receive the latest developments in Skills News and across the Apprenticeship, Further Education and Employability sectors.

Every week FE News has over 200 articles and new pieces of content per week. We are a news channel providing the latest Further Education News, giving insight from multiple sources on the latest education policy developments, latest strategies, through to our thought leaders who provide blue sky thinking strategy, best practice and innovation to help look into the future developments for education and the future of work.

In Jan 2021, FE News had over 173,000 unique visitors according to Google Analytics and over 200 new pieces of news content every week, from thought leadership articles, to the latest education news via written word, podcasts, video to press releases from across the sector, putting us in the top 2,000 websites in the UK.

We thought it would be helpful to explain how we tier our latest education news content and how you can get involved and understand how you can read the latest daily Further Education news and how we structure our FE Week of content:

Main Features

Our main features are exclusive and are thought leadership articles and blue sky thinking with experts writing peer to peer news articles about the future of education and the future of work. The focus is solution led thought leadership, sharing best practice, innovation and emerging strategy. These are often articles about the future of education and the future of work, they often then create future education news articles. We limit our main features to a maximum of 20 per week, as they are often about new concepts and new thought processes. Our main features are also exclusive articles responding to the latest education news, maybe an insight from an expert into a policy announcement or response to an education think tank report or a white paper.

FE Voices

FE Voices was originally set up as a section on FE News to give a voice back to the sector. As we now have over 3,000 newsrooms and contributors, FE Voices are usually thought leadership articles, they don’t necessarily have to be exclusive, but usually are, they are slightly shorter than Main Features. FE Voices can include more mixed media with the Further Education News articles, such as embedded podcasts and videos. Our sector response articles asking for different comments and opinions to education policy announcements or responding to a report of white paper are usually held in the FE Voices section. If we have a live podcast in an evening or a radio show such as SkillsWorldLive radio show, the next morning we place the FE podcast recording in the FE Voices section.

Sector News

In sector news we have a blend of content from Press Releases, education resources, reports, education research, white papers from a range of contributors. We have a lot of positive education news articles from colleges, awarding organisations and Apprenticeship Training Providers, press releases from DfE to Think Tanks giving the overview of a report, through to helpful resources to help you with delivering education strategies to your learners and students.


We have a range of education podcasts on FE News, from hour long full production FE podcasts such as SkillsWorldLive in conjunction with the Federation of Awarding Bodies, to weekly podcasts from experts and thought leaders, providing advice and guidance to leaders. FE News also record podcasts at conferences and events, giving you one on one podcasts with education and skills experts on the latest strategies and developments.

We have over 150 education podcasts on FE News, ranging from EdTech podcasts with experts discussing Education 4.0 and how technology is complimenting and transforming education, to podcasts with experts discussing education research, the future of work, how to develop skills systems for jobs of the future to interviews with the Apprenticeship and Skills Minister.

We record our own exclusive FE News podcasts, work in conjunction with sector partners such as FAB to create weekly podcasts and daily education podcasts, through to working with sector leaders creating exclusive education news podcasts.

Education Video Interviews

FE News have over 700 FE Video interviews and have been recording education video interviews with experts for over 12 years. These are usually vox pop video interviews with experts across education and work, discussing blue sky thinking ideas and views about the future of education and work.


FE News has a free events calendar to check out the latest conferences, webinars and events to keep up to date with the latest education news and strategies.

FE Newsrooms

The FE Newsroom is home to your content if you are a FE News contributor. It also help the audience develop relationship with either you as an individual or your organisation as they can click through and ‘box set’ consume all of your previous thought leadership articles, latest education news press releases, videos and education podcasts.

Do you want to contribute, share your ideas or vision or share a press release?

If you want to write a thought leadership article, share your ideas and vision for the future of education or the future of work, write a press release sharing the latest education news or contribute to a podcast, first of all you need to set up a FE Newsroom login (which is free): once the team have approved your newsroom (all content, newsrooms are all approved by a member of the FE News team- no robots are used in this process!), you can then start adding content (again all articles, videos and podcasts are all approved by the FE News editorial team before they go live on FE News). As all newsrooms and content are approved by the FE News team, there will be a slight delay on the team being able to review and approve content.

 RSS IconRSS Feed Selection Page