The Skills and Education Group are delivering the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) Practice Development Group (PDG) programme in the East of England.

The PDG programme aims to promote practitioner-led, collaborative professional development across the Further Education and Training sector. The PDG will consist of Action Learning Sets of practitioners who work together on a short-term, small-scale project to improve an aspect of teaching, learning and assessment to enhance their teaching of English or their embedding of English and maths into other programmes of study, over a four-month period.

The programme will take place in two rounds and requires participants to meet once a month, over four months, in their Action Learning Sets. Round one starts in October 2020 and ends in January 2021. Round two starts in January 2021 and ends in April 2021.

We are currently recruiting Action Learning Set facilitators and participants for round one (starting October 2020). The group facilitator will lead an Action Learning Set of 4 -5 participants with the support of a teaching, learning and assessment advisor assigned by the Skills and Education Group.

An honorarium of £500 is available to help support the facilitation of the ALS. The honorarium will normally be paid to the facilitators employing organisation.

The facilitator role is particularly suited to practitioners that would like to further develop their leadership skills and/or gain experience of supporting Action Learning Set activity.  The application deadline has been extended and applications are welcomed from teaching, learning and assessment practitioners working in organisations that are ESFA funded. A simple application form on which to express an interest in this exciting opportunity can be accessed under the resources section.

Participation in an Action Learning Set is open to individual practitioners or groups of practitioners who have an interest in exploring how the teaching of maths and English can be enhanced or embedded in other study areas. To apply to take part in an Action Learning Set simply complete the form that can be accessed under the resources section.

Completed facilitator and participant applications forms should be emailed to Karen Plowman, Head of Professional Development.

Further information can also be obtained by emailing Karen Plowman.