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Nelson Mandela's passion for education

As millions of people around the world mourn the death of an extraordinary leader, the first black president of South Africa and a man who campaigned tirelessly for an end to apartheid, I would like to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela as a passionate advocate for education.

In pursuit of excellence for adult learners

The benefits of adult and lifelong learning have been championed extensively, and much has been written about the significant and positive impact on individual learners, their families, communities, workplaces and society as a whole.

QTLS offers hope and opportunity

I’m a member of the Society for Education and Training (SET) and this last year I undertook professional formation at Barnsley College to gain my QTLS.  (Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills).

The ETF has released its 2019–2020 Public Benefit Report

The Education and Training Foundation (@E_T_Foundation) has released its annual Public Benefit Report for the 2019–2020 financial year. Comment from @DavidRussellETF  Using statistics and case studies, the report showcases the impact our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programmes and membership body, the Society for Education and Training (SET), have made across the Further Education (FE) and Training sector.

Engineering apprentices assess their teaching

A gecko might not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think about high-tech engineering, but the glue-free adhesive tape designed by Professor Andre Geim at the University of Manchester was modelled on the gecko’s setae – tiny bristles on their feet that adhere to surfaces. Studying and imitating nature’s best designs and processes to solve human problems is a burgeoning scientific field, and I was intrigued to hear from five engineering apprentices at BAE Systems in Preston about how they investigate biomimicry as an aid to understanding and a known source of innovation for engineering breakthroughs. Seeking parallels between engineering principles and nature is one of the many ways in which teachers and trainers encourage engineering apprentices to develop a passion for asking questions and being curious.

IfL set to transfer assets to Education and Training Foundation

The Institute for Learning's non-executive board has called on the professional body to close and hand itself over to the Education and Training Foundation because of funding issues.

Report makes case for research in teacher education

An 18-month inquiry has warned that UK teachers are falling behind their international counterparts because of a lack of coherent training throughout their careers.The report, carried out by the British Educational Research Association (BERA) and the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), said teachers in countries such as Finland, Canada and Singapore benefit from being involved in educational research.The Institute for Learning (IfL), an independent professional body, said it welcomed the report, and the case it makes for the development of self-improving education systems."IfL fully endorses the view that enquiry-based practice should start with initial teacher training and extend throughout a teacher's career, so that innovative and collaborative practice is embedded in the institution, and becomes the normal way of teaching and learning, driven by teachers," said IfL chief executive Jean Kelly."This aligns closely with IfL's model of professionalism, in which teachers and trainers are empowered to take responsibility for their professional development; encouraged to collaborate and share with peers; and trusted to exercise their professional autonomy in seeking the most successful outcomes for their learners."Natalie Thornhill

Teachers should reclaim the moral purpose of education, says IfL

Teachers should reclaim the moral purpose of education and strive for a greater sense of community, according to speakers at the annual meeting of the Institute for Learning (IfL).

Government publishes new skills strategy

The government has published a new skills strategy as part of plans to make the system more rigorous and responsive to the country’s needs.

IfL responds to professionalism in FE debate

Following the last of the reviews by the independent panel regarding ‘Professionalism in Further Education,’ the Institute for Learning (IfL) has praised its members for their responses to the important issue of professional identity.

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