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Extension to the initial teacher education, and assessment and quality assurance qualifications

The ETF has recently consulted with awarding organisations and initial teacher education (ITE) providers about the need for a revision.

Summer conference / CPD event ‘Embracing Change’

Ann Gravells and Hilary Read are pleased to announce their first summer full day conference/CPD event aimed at practitioners, trainers and assessors in the further education (FE) and skills sector.

Micro teaching tips

I'm often asked for some tips regarding delivering a micro teach session so I thought I would write something here. I've also added a short video.

The ever changing world of FE – keeping up to date

 Change seems inevitable in our sector, however, we need to keep on top of it or we could easily be left behind, or worse, without a job. Our sector is becoming increasingly commercialised, therefore we need to make sure we are aware of what’s happening, and that we are skilled and knowledgeable to deal with the changes.

FE National Conference 24th March 2016: Leading aspiration

I attended the above annual conference at the Thistle Hotel Heathrow, organised by Paul Tully of Newbubbles Ltd. Newbubbles’ mission is to support further education (FE) and to promote the interests of all those that work in the sector.

Questioning techniques – part two

Last time I gave a few ideas regarding questioning techniques which new teachers, trainers and assessors could use.

Questioning techniques – part one

Questions are a really useful method of formative assessment to ensure your learners are acquiring the necessary knowledge and understanding before moving on to a new topic. 

The minimum core

I've discussed the minimum core in a previous article. However, I felt it would be useful to revisit it, since it is specifically included in the teaching qualifications. Details of the documents to support the delivery and assessment of the minimum core are listed at the end of this article.

Initial and diagnostic assessment

I must admit, I still get confused between initial and diagnostic assessment. If diagnostic assessment is carried out at the beginning of a programme or session, then is not classed as initial assessment?

Establishing ground rules with your learners

Establishing ground rules with your learners, whether in a group or a one to one basis will help underpin appropriate behaviour and respect throughout their time with you, and help the sessions run smoothly.

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