Event Summary


Robins Wood House
Robins Wood Road

Date and Time

Thursday 25 November 2021 (12:15 - 15:45)


£60.00 (£75.00 non-members)

Our Advanced Practitioner Network is for all those who are involved in supporting and training educators in the further education and skills sector to improve their practice. Spring and summer meetings earlier this year have focused on the benefits of collaborative approaches to improvement and, as this is the case, we are pleased to welcome input from Stephanie Garland (Teaching, Learning and Quality Improvement Lead, Hereford College of Arts).

Steph is keen to establish a rigorous peer support development cycle in the sector’s move away from graded observations of teaching, learning and assessment (TLA) as an indicator of quality. She has kindly agreed to share her progress with this new system and would welcome comments and advice from those participating in the event.

The second focus of this meeting is to consider the priorities for teachers’ professional development in your organisation. We know that Ofsted has identified a relative neglect of other areas of TLA with the understandable focus on teachers’ digital skills development over the past 18 months. The challenge now is to review what has worked well within the digital theme, whether more digital skills training is needed, and which areas of TLA improvement have been neglected.

For example, do your teachers need support with curriculum catch-ups? We know that some students have struggled with online learning and missed out on chunks of curriculum knowledge; at the same time, other students have responded well, thus teachers and trainers will need to differentiate ongoing delivery and assessment accordingly. And, what about classroom-based skills? Are these now rusty because so much delivery and assessment has been online? What initiatives have you put in place to address some of these concerns?

During this networking event facilitated by Karen Plowman (Head of Professional Development, Skills and Education Group) and Will Sibley (Training and Development Manager), there will be plenty of opportunity to share your practice, issues and successes with peers in similar roles. We know that teacher improvement work is challenging and can often be isolating, and as collaboration is a powerful form of professional development, our networks are designed to facilitate and encourage peer collaboration. An important part of the session will therefore be a scheduled opportunity to network, learn about colleagues’ successes, hear each other’s ideas and develop solutions to ongoing challenges.

So, why not come and join us and benefit from this opportunity to find out how colleagues in other organisations are dealing with this challenging area of responsibility. Delegates are welcome to join us in person to enjoy a networking lunch at 12:15 prior to the event; alternatively, please feel free to access the event remotely via Zoom once proceedings start at 13:00.

Please note: due to current social distancing guidance, in-person places for this event will be limited.

  • How to find us

    Robins Wood House Training Centre is located in Aspley, about 2.5 miles to the north west of Nottingham city centre. It is easily accessible from the M1 (Junctions 25 & 26) and there are public transport links from the city centre. The nearest train station is Nottingham. Car parking at Robins Wood House is free.

    Please click here to find us on Google Maps.  Our postcode is NG8 3NH.

  • Terms and Conditions

    Completion of the booking constitutes a contract between yourselves and the Skills and Education Group. In order to receive a refund, all cancellations must be made in writing at least 14 days prior to the event taking place. Non-attendance will result in the place being charged at full cost. Substitutions are welcome and can be made at any time. The Skills and Education Group reserves the right to cancel or alter the event for reasons beyond its control.