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This report, from the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, describes a randomised control trial (RCT) into the relative effectiveness of face-to-face compared to blended learning for adult English and maths learning.
This research aimed to provide a better understanding of learners' experiences of adult English and maths courses in terms of skills gain, confidence and other life circumstances such as employment.
This report from National Numeracy explains what numeracy is, how it 'hides' behind maths, and how we can all help to make the UK numerate.
Trainers, learning support assistants, teachers, managers, assessors, teacher trainers, leaders and academics from across the education and training sector joined together at Ramside Hall in Durham on the 18th December for an inspiring and uplifting event to celebrate the success of the North East and Cumbria Oustanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment (OTLA) programme.
This interactive 90-minute webinar will introduce you to a new set of highly engaging materials produced by the Education and Training Foundation to support learners' Functional Skills (maths and English) development. The materials are appropriate to a range of contexts, including 16-19 learners, apprentices, adult returners, learners in prisons and ESOL, and can be used in both high and low-tech teaching environments.
This 2018 calendar, which is available to download and print, was produced by conference artist Graham Ogilvie to celebrate the success of the Outstanding Teaching Learning and Assessment (OTLA) North East and Cumbria.
New interactive resources to support functional skills maths and English are now available on the BBC Bitesize website
Report from the Department for Education on effective teaching and provision of English and mathematics to those without GCSE grades A* to C
The Scottish government is expected to announce plans to integrate the use of British Sign Language (BSL) into every element of daily and public life. It will reveal its national plan for people with hearing loss later. Measures expected to be in the plan include moves to remove barriers which prevent hearing impaired people becoming teachers. It is also likely to address "fair and equal access" to employment opportunities, including apprenticeships and internships.
Autism is not a mental health condition itself, but around 70-80% of children and adults on the autism spectrum have experienced mental health problems. Autistic young people have particular difficulty finding suitable help. This new report presents recommendations from a study in which young autistic people themselves were partners in an academic research project to explore their experiences and needs.
This newly published booklet provides an engaging overview of the 13 OTLA projects undertaken by over 200 practitioners from 42 providers across the North East and Cumbria. Project themes include supporting maths and English learners and improving learner outcomes in GCSE maths.
Trainers, learning support assistants, teachers, managers, assessors, teacher trainers, leaders and academics from across the education and training sector joined together at Ramside Hall in Durham on the 8th September for an inspiring and uplifting event to mark the half way point in the North-East and Cumbria OTLA programme.
An update from Darlington Learning and Skills Service, Bishop Auckland College and South West Durham Training on their collaborative OTLA project, which aims to trial different ways of raising staff confidence around Equality and Diversity, and improve learners' access to and engagment with meaningful E&D provision.
The Education and Training Foundation has produced a set of cards containing short activities that can be used at the start or end of training or education sessions to help learners develop their confidence and abilities to communicate effectively.
Is there an aspect of your role that you would like to develop, working with like minded professionals? Become part of a dedicated community sharing resources and expertise with your own network meetings and website. Find out how your organisation can become a member of Professional Development North (PD North), the Northern Professional Exchange for tutors, trainers, assessors and programme managers working in the education and training sector.
The latest news from the Outstanding Teaching, Learning and Assessment North East & Cumbria is now available to read online. The OTLA is enabling groups of education and training providers to access collaborative development grants to investigate and develop teaching, learning and assessment approaches for the benefit of learners.
Twenty-one teachers, trainers and support staff from across South West Durham joined forces to kick off the Bishop Auckland College’s project “Outstanding Teaching, Learning & Assessment” programme in May.
HMP Feltham has beaten off competition from 23 prisons to win the 3 out of 5 maths challenge shield for 2016/17.
The OTLA team in the North East and Cumbria have developed a one-day introductory course for practitioners in Education and Training settings who may be new to practitioner-led research. The course aims to introduce them to a range of practical strategies for investigating, evaluating and improving their teaching and emphasises the necessity of working with other staff in order to understand and change teaching practices in differing contexts.
Professor Jean McNiff made this powerful rallying call to the support assistants, trainers, assessors, teachers and managers who work across the prisons, training providers, workplaces and colleges in the North East and Cumbria. During a week of visits, Jean joined groups of OTLA project participants to share what it means to be a practitioner researcher in our sector.
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