3 December 2015

Practitioners and further education stakeholders from across the UK participated in a unique event on Wednesday to showcase innovative projects to achieve outstanding teaching, learning and assessment.

The Power of Collaboration: Creating Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment was held at the East Midlands Conference Centre, with over 160 delegates coming together in Nottingham to explore collaborative approaches to improving teaching, learning and assessment in further education.

The event was the culmination of a series of projects taking place in the East Midlands, funded by the Education and Training Foundation and supported by emfec, which all aimed to improve teaching, learning or assessment at their organisation.

Each of these projects involved practitioners working with other colleges, training providers, organisations and employers to plan and deliver an action centred research project. These projects varied from researching how 16 to 19 year old learners prefer to learn via online delivery, to finding effective ways to embed mathematics within a vocational context.

After an introduction from emfec Chief Executive Paul Eeles, delegates at The Power of Collaboration heard the keynote speech from Programme Manager Paul Kessell-Holland from the Education and Training Foundation about the power of collaborating and learning from each other.

Dr Andy Clapham, who led the meta-analysis of the projects with a team of researchers at Nottingham Trent University, also delivered a presentation about the benefits of action centred research and how to identify “outstanding” delivery.

In keeping with the collaborative theme, East Midlands project teams delivered joint workshops on how they started their projects, their aims and their outcomes, with themes including “the digital learner” and “cross curriculum collaboration”.

The event concluded with an interactive marketplace of projects, with delegates visiting each of the East Midlands project teams to ask questions, seek advice and collect resources and contacts.

Simon Feneley, Director of Delivery and Operations at emfec and the Project Director for the Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment project said:

“The event has been both a celebration and a challenge – celebrating the excellent projects that have been taking place across the East Midlands and nationally, and challenging more practitioners to start their own projects.

“This event has been a huge success and we are looking forward to continuing to work with the Education and Training Foundation and the East Midlands providers to further the work we’ve been doing to improve teaching, learning and assessment.”

The Association of Colleges London and The Learning Consortium, a partnership of providers covering the South East and Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnerships, also presented their research and findings at the event’s marketplace.

Along with emfec, the three consortia form the regional projects of the Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment project supported by the Education and Training Foundation.

emfec’s Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment project was funded by the Education and Training Foundation and supported eleven innovative provider-led research projects, working with 50 providers and engaging with 500 practitioners, 72 senior managers, 2,300 learners and 32 employers nationwide. To find out more, please click here.