1 December 2017

Our Head of Professional Development, Jo Shirley joined emfec in September 2017. Jo has worked within the further education and skills sector for 15 years, gaining in depth knowledge and expertise in the creation and implementation of blended learning, coaching, systems implementation, and effective use of technology. In addition, Jo implemented an effective value for money range of CPD activities which were consistently recognised as good practice within the sector.

We speak with Jo about the current and future emfec Networks and projects.

Attendance at emfec “Networks” this term has been extremely encouraging with colleagues from a wider geographical range of providers attending.  We have been extremely fortunate in having the opportunity of delivering presentations which demonstrates experiences and outcomes in relation to recent Ofsted inspections.

  • New College Stamford joined us early in the term at the Quality Managers Network and more recently at the Personal Development Behaviour and Welfare (PDBW) presenting engaging and interesting inspection preparation and experiences from their “Getting to Good” strategy including; “Careers, not just Courses, ” “Step to Success” and the introduction of a Development & Welfare Directorate.
  • Dudley College of Technology who were awarded Outstanding in May 2017 joined us at multiple Networks this term where they presented on how they focused on the push from good to outstanding through collaborative communities of practice which included themed teaching triangles. Their student induction process where students are encouraged to “Begin with the end in mind”, on how they improved English and maths results, introduction of “Reach Week” in addition to the performance improvement programme.
  • The Blended Learning Network provided lively discussion on the quality of online content, the skill set required for practitioners to ensure effective delivery of online learning, in addition to discussion around platforms for delivery – Moodle vs G-Suite.  Join us on 6th February 2018 for further discussion and presentations.

We will be pleased to host the Grimsby Institute during the spring term at the Staff Development Network who was also awarded Outstanding in May 2017.  Further afield, Fareham College were recently awarded Outstanding, making it one of three colleges within the country to have converted to the highest grade. See the Full report.

Feel free to email Jo Shirley at emfec to register Network topics and discussions you would like, or ideas for new Networks you feel would be valuable to the sector.

Projects 

Professional Exchange Network of Networks commissioned by the Education and Training Foundation

The purpose of this project is to encourage an exchange of key themes, effective practice, learning and knowledge across a range of TLA and TLA support networks, multiplying the impact and increasing the reach of these across a larger and more diverse cohort of practitioners and those working in a TLA support capacity.

Early Years Professional Exchange Networks commissioned by the Education and Trainging Foundation

As a result of sector research, this project will identify high priority areas for professional development and lead to a programme of CPD to support staff working in the Early Years sector. The project aim is to involve at least 50 teaching practitioners / middle managers, first meetings are arranged for  6th and 8th December – book now.

Upcoming emfec Professional Development Events

Keep your eye out for the launch of some new professional developmental events in 2018, including; Building Resilience in Students, The Fundamentals of Project Management, Preparing to deliver T-level qualifications and Effective Digital Learning.

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