24 Mar 2020

OTLA English Final Dissemination Event


The Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment (English) programme, commissioned by the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) and delivered by ccConsultancy, is a collaborative development programme which aims to systematically improve the teaching, learning and assessment of English. Here you can find out more about the OTLA English projects recently showcased on the 26th of February 2020 in Birmingham.

The event was a great opportunity for practitioners to share their research. Conference artist Graham Ogilvie captured the day in pictures, and Professor Jean McNiff, an action research specialist, led the celebration of what the programme has achieved. Paul Crisp, from CUREE, outlined how the reports of the projects will be showcased by the ETF.  The final reports and case studies will be available in a booklet format soon. In the meantime check out #OTLAEnglish to get a feel for the day, and take a look at the overview below of the 12 project themes and the organisations involved.

Working with learners to use assesment for learning to encourage progress and plan for learning

South Devon College, DevelopEBP, Brooklands College, The College of West Anglia

Oracy and visualisers - powerful classroom catalysts

Suffolk New College, East Coast College, New College Stamford, Harlow College

Developing a reading culture

Havant and South Downs College, Southend Adult Community College, Cambridge Regional College

Developing resilience through teaching and learning

USP College, Buckinghamshire College Group, Morley College Limited, The Sheffield College

Developing independent learning and meeting individual learners' needs

Kent Community Learning and Skills, Petroc College, The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea

Developing Reading and Writing

Greater Brighton Metropolitan College, City Lit College, London South East Colleges, New City College

Developing a Reading Culture

Bishop Burton College, Bolton College, Burton & South Derbyshire College

Working with learners to use assessment for learning to encourage progress and plan for learning

Lakes College, Progress to Excellence, Wirral Lifelong Learning

Developing new teaching strategies for improving English

University College Birmingham, Heart of Worcestershire College, Sandwell College, Moulton College

Post-16 Phonics Approaches

Stockton Riverside Group, Haringey Adult Learning Service, Myerscough College, Novus with HMPPS

Developing strategies to build self-belief in learners in the North East

Newcastle College, Springboard Sunderland Trust, Sunderland College

Transitions, Technology and Teaching

Kirklees College, Craven College, Gateshead College, Warrington and Vale Royal College

Some feedback from the day

"Projects inspire me to be a better teacher and to reflect on my own practice. More projects please - I am certainly going to try and promote my project and inspire others."

"Thankyou, everyone! I'm humbled and inspired by evrything I've seen and heard. We can change our learners' lives!"

"It's really refreshing to see other tutors who have the same issues as me. I thought I was the only one!"

"Fantastic to feel all the enthusiasm in the room".


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