forward to next year.” Sarah Jenkins

“Thank you for an amazing conference @ SocietyET #SETCONF19 speakers were great, hosting was great, food was great. Looking

ENGLISH TEACHING, LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT: INVESTIGATING PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES This breakout session was run by ETF associate Claire Collins, who heads up a national Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment (OTLA) programme in English across the North and East of England. Claire focused on key developments, such as using post-16 phonics approaches in Functional Skills, General English Competencies in T Levels and non-linear curriculum design on GCSE programmes.

DIGITAL: TEACHING AND LEARNING FOR THE Z GENERATION The morning session was run by Esam Baboukhan, who was awarded Pearson’s Digital Innovator of the Year award in 2019 (Silver). Esam explored the range of tools within Office 365 to use in various ways including: augmenting teaching, learning and assessment; engaging learners and enhancing the learning experience; improving learner autonomy; reducing practitioner workload, and supporting accessibility and inclusion. The afternoon session on the new Essential Digital Skills entitlement was run by Angela Sanders, learning consultant, and Vikki Liogier, the ETF’s head of learning technologies. The new Essential Digital Skills entitlement will enable adults aged 19+ with no, or low, digital skills to

undertake ‘essential digital skills’ qualifications free of charge from 2020. The aim is to give everyone the opportunity to benefit from digital technology and stay safe online. The ETF has responded by commissioning a significant continuing professional development (CPD)

programme, led by Sero Consulting with DESQ and SkillsLogic, to support teachers and trainers in delivering the new entitlement.

MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING The first session was run by Nicole Capon, who focused on supporting learners. She explained the importance of knowing how to support a learner living with a mental health diagnosis in order to promote engagement and peer support. The second session was run by the Education Support Partnership and it revealed findings from recent

research, commissioned by the ETF, into the mental health of people working in the FE sector. (See News, page 4). Key themes included: the importance of supportive line management; having autonomy and being trusted; and vulnerable points in a FE professional’s career when they may be at risk of poorer wellbeing.

TECHNICAL EDUCATION A session on technical Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) was run by Cerian Ayres, head of technical education at the ETF, who explored some of the actions required in the face of social, environmental and economic challenges. The workshop was designed to raise awareness of the ETF Technical Education Workforce Development support offer, including an insight into how FE colleagues and organisations are working to embed an integrated approach to addressing the ‘4Cs’ of Education for Sustainable Development: Curriculum, Campus, Community and Culture.

EARLY CAREERS WORKSHOP: ‘MAGNIFICENT METHODS’ AND ‘HOW TO TEACH EVEN BETTER’ Author, educator and inTuition columnist Geoff Petty ran morning and afternoon sessions investigating practical teaching. His morning session looked at how to use questioning methods and formative methods to maximum effect in teaching. In his afternoon session he told delegates that lesson planning can be a waste of time as it can be hard

to reuse them and because lessons have a habit of not going to plan. Geoff urged teachers to focus on topic planning instead. These plans can be reused, saving teachers time.

SEND Kath Wood, a disability training and consultancy specialist at Remploy, presented the morning session, an ‘Introduction to Autism and sensory issues’. She delivered a 30-minute interactive session, introducing delegates to the topic of autism backed by facts and figures. She then focused on the sensory issues learners may face and how teachers can ensure that their learning environments are adapted accordingly. Annie Pendrey, professional development manager at Halesowen College, presented the afternoon session, ‘Walk a Mile in My Shoes’. She shared case studies of FE tutors and how, with professional development, they are providing positive experiences for learners with autism.


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