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SET management board’s new chair and vice chair


Major Jim Crompton (pictured opposite), second in command at the British Army’s Staff Leadership School, has been appointed as chair of the Society for Education and Training Management Board (SMB). Jim succeeds Dan Williams whose tenure ended in October. Meanwhile Dr Barbara Van der Eecken (pictured opposite), director of quality and service standards at Babington, has been appointed as vice chair of the SMB – a newly-created post. Jim has worked in FE for more than 17 years, from initial teacher training to the management and leadership of training delivery. He has helped shape policy and strategy around professional development for the British Army and Armed Forces. Jim said: “Working together, we are all focused on developing SET so it continues to provide tangible benefits to all and represents our members as effectively as possible.” Barbara has 27 years’ experience in the FE sector as a languages


lecturer, teaching and learning coach, curriculum manager and quality manager. She said: “I am excited to become vice chair of the SMB at a time where the focus is clearly on the quality of education and the impact that great teaching, learning and assessment is having on learners.” David Russell, chief executive of the Education and Training Foundation


(ETF) and SET, thanked Dan Williams for his work over the past three years, and said: “The new chair and vice chair will be a real asset with their expertise, guidance and positive challenge to continue to increase our support to teachers and trainers across the sector.”


THUMBS-UP FOR STANDARDS Almost nine in ten teachers and trainers say the Professional Standards for Teachers and Trainers have had a positive impact on their practice, according to a survey. Just under three quarters


(73 per cent) of respondents to the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) survey reported using the Professional Standards and, of them, 87 per cent said that they had made a difference to their practice – 24 per cent reporting a significant difference. To read the full report visit the ETF website and search News, or click bit.ly/ ProfessionalStandardsSurvey if reading your inTuition digitally.


Challenging bias for those seeking leadership roles


A new programme that aims to challenge bias and remove obstacles to those seeking leadership roles in education and training, particularly for those from black and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, has been launched by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF). The Diversity in Leadership programme, delivered in partnership with the


Association of Colleges, includes four strands of activity. • A series of one-day workshops across England that will address the issue of unconscious bias, offering support and tools to help FE leaders overcome it.


• Coaching for aspiring BAME leaders and governors that will support 20 aspiring leaders to achieve a promotion or move into a new role to advance their careers. There is also one-to-one coaching for 10 governors.


• An FE Diversity Charter, created in consultation with the sector, which will help organisations to identify areas of challenge, self-reflection and action to better support diverse staff teams to achieve career progression.


• A Good Practice Guide to support performance management with BAME and diverse staff. There will be tools and resources to support managers, leaders and governors. David Russell, the ETF’s chief executive, said: “We hope the Diversity in Leadership programme will help the FE sector address the challenges that the diverse workforce faces in progressing into senior leadership roles and help to foster a culture of respect, understanding and celebration of diversity that will be a catalyst for change.” See Policy View, page 7. For more information and to register interest visit ETF Booking or click bit.ly/LeadershipDiversityBooking if reading your digital inTuition.


LITTLE GREEN APPLES Congratulations to staff and students at Wiltshire College whose campus-based apple juice enterprise has won a prestigious award for sustainability. The Apple Project impressed judges in the Green Gown Awards for its involvement of Foundation Studies students who learned how to make and preserve apple juice using fruit from a community orchard managed by Wiltshire Wildlife. Other winners in the Green Gown Awards, which celebrate sustainable initiatives in further and higher education, included Ayrshire College, Dundee and Angus College, and student Scott Stephens from Exeter College Technology Centre.


NEW CORPORATE PARTNER West Suffolk College is the latest provider to become a Corporate Partner of the Society for Education and Training (SET). Dr Nikos Savvas, the college’s principal and chief executive, said: “The partnership allows our staff to access inspiring teaching and training tools, research and expert views.”


inTUITION ISSUE 38 • WINTER 2019 5


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