News from the Further Education Trust for Leadership:
You will remember that Tim Ward (trustee of TSNLA) was a recent Fellow - here is another opportunity:
I am very pleased to announce that the next round of FETL Fellowships will launch on the 1st February 2017.
FETL encourages the leadership of thinking across and about the FE & Skills system in the UK. For us, this means being able to focus beyond the immediate horizon; and to envisage the challenges to, and opportunities for, the sector of the future.
Our Fellowships offer a unique opportunity to pursue a research interest that benefits FE & Skills in the UK.
Fellowships take at least six months to complete, during which time you will be supported by the Professor of Leadership in FE and Skills at the UCL, Institute of Education to develop work that will support change in the FE & Skills sector.
If you are interested in pursuing a research idea through a Fellowship with FETL, a briefing event has been arranged on the 18th January 2017. Please contact email@example.com to reserve a place.
For further information about Fellowship opportunities please do take a look at our website http://fetl.org.uk/funding/
Innovation in FE & Skills Report
FETL was delighted to sponsor a Skills Commission Report titled 'Going Places'. Lord David Blunkett, Barry Sheerman MP, Dame Ruth Silver and Neil Bates, Principal and CEO of the UK's first college of advanced technology, spoke at the launch in Parliament on the 8th December 2016.
The report, which comes after a FETL funded 10-month inquiry across the UK, focuses on the innovative practices colleges and independent training providers are engaging with up and down the country and, the potential that devolution has for making this innovation more widespread across the system.
You can access a copy of the report at; http://fetl.org.uk/inspiration-thinking/blogs-think-pieces/the-skills-commission-issues-report-calling-for-strategic-skills-funding-decisions-for-devolution/
During the course of the year, FETL has produced a number of reports which you can access in the publication section of our website. These are available to download and distribute to those who have a keen interest in shaping the FE and Skills sector.
We continue to work across the UK. In early 2017 we will be publishing a report following an enquiry into FE and Skills in Scotland.
In addition, in the New Year, we will be publishing a series of speeches from leaders in the sector. The first will be from Paul Little, the Principal and Chief Executive of the City of Glasgow College who spoke at the recent International Education Symposium.
In 2017 we will continue to operate our Grant programme, funding research and projects to help the leadership of thinking for the sector. I will write to you in January 2017 to let you know the timetable for the next round of Grants.
Professor of Leadership in FE and Skills
Martin Doel took up his role as the sectors first Professor of Leadership in FE and Skills in September 2016. The post is based at the UCL, Institute of Education. Martin is currently in the process of formulating his research programme. For further information please do feel free to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am delighted to announce that Naomi Shoffman has joined FETL as our Head of Governance and Compliance. Naomi brings extensive experience of governance in the sector and will be working with me as we head towards the next phase of development for FETL.
Finally, as Christmas approaches and 2016 comes to a close, can I take this opportunity to thank you for your support for FETL and the work we do.
CPD BURSARY AVAILABLE NOW! 1ST December
Third Sector National Learning Alliance and the Education & Training Foundation Continuing Professional Development Bursary Scheme 2016/17
The TSNLA 'CPD Needs in the Third Sector' report identified that on the whole small VCSE providers are not able to access CPD opportunities - very often not knowing what is available and even when aware not able to fund it. With support from the Education and Training Foundation the TSNLA is again operating a CPD bursary scheme to enable staff in the third sector to access appropriate CPD opportunities.
If you or your staff need to go on a course but don't have the funds to pay for it or don't have the travel costs then this scheme is for you. The funding pot is limited so we will be keeping the application process as simple as possible.
What can be funded?
Travel costs may be funded for courses which are delivered by or funded by the Education and Training Foundation - no others can be supported through this scheme.
If you attend or participate in a paid for course provided by the Foundation you can apply for both delegates costs and travel - the amount claimed will be the cost actually paid out up to £250.
How much is on offer?
Up to a total of £250 per individual is available. Normally up to 2 participants from one organisation may apply.
What do you need to do?
Apply using the form available through the link below. To be eligible participants will need to provide receipts and following on from the CPD complete a brief TSNLA online evaluation questionnaire.
Membership of TSNLA
It is not a requirement for the bursary that participant's organisations are TSNLA members - though it would be helpful if provider organisations do at least join as free subscriber members.
To apply complete the application form at the bottom of the web page:
and return to email@example.com
Call John Harris on 01943 510657
CPD AVAILABLE THROUGH THE THIRD SECTOR PROFESSIONAL EXCHANGE
We are delighted to announce that the TSNLA has won one of five contracts to develop a Professional Exchange funded by the Education and Training Foundation.
The Exchange is in partnership with Enable in the East Midlands, V learning Net and ODILS (Open Doors International Language School) in the South West and London Learning Consortium and ELATT Connected Learning in the London and South East.
Update on CPD events
In the East Midlands Enable are holding an event called 'Talk to Us' on the 10 November. This will focus on the use of technology in teaching and be held in a marketplace format. If you are in this region and want to take part in the Exchange complete the online survey at:
London and the South East
London Learning Consortium and ELATT will be offering CPD soon - ELATT will be providing workshops on the use of the video peer observation model - to take part in this complete the online questionnaire at:
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FJ769YF - to access the ELATT CPD
London Learning Consortium will also be offering CPD soon - to access this go to:
The South West
V Learning Net and ODILS are running a workshop on the 11 November - this will focus on Functional Skills and Problem Solving - to access this complete the questionnaire and go to:
Based on key elements such as exchange of experience and knowledge, a 'bottom-up' approach to identifying Continuing Professional Development needs, the integration of the Professional Standards and extended reach through participant sharing, the Exchange will build around one national and three regional professional networks and deliver free at the point of delivery face to face CPD sessions having identified needs through pre-participating self assessment questionnaires.
One of the key features of the programme will be in calling on participants to share their own knowledge and expertise (hence the exchange) both through initial CPD delivery and by sharing the content afterwards with at least two other colleagues.
Right now we are in the set-up phase but will be releasing more information soon and will let everyone you know how you can take part in this exciting venture.
If you would like to register interest in this CPD project contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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