The Education and Training Foundation (ETF), established in October 2013, is the government-backed, sector-owned national support body for the Further Education and Training sector. We are a registered charity.
We are the guardian of the Professional Standards for the sector. Our professional membership body, the Society for Education and Training (SET), has around 20,000 members, making it the largest professional membership organisation for practitioners in the post-16 sector. The ETF through SET remains the only body which confers Qualified Teaching Learning and Skills (QTLS) status and Advanced Teacher Status (ATS).
We take a considered, evidence-based and sector–inclusive approach to the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) support that we give to the sector. Our extensive research with the sector, including its training needs, is the foundation that underpins what we deliver. This is the “ETF Way”
In developing our programmes and initiatives, we work in partnership with our SET members, sector expert panels, employers and key bodies. These include the Association of Colleges (AoC), Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP), Association of Adult Education and Training Organisations (AAETO), trade unions as well as a range of government departments including the Department for Education (DfE).
A registered charity the Foundation received charitable status on 19 September 2013, and you can view our registration certificate (registration no: 1153859) . Operating as a charity ensures that the Foundation provides the greatest benefit to the professionals we aim to support. Our established charitable objectives place improving the quality of learning through empowering the professionals of the sector at the core of the Foundation’s operations.
For some parts of our sector the Covid-19 pandemic has meant overcoming unfamiliar challenges, but for the @e_t_foundation @FurtherForces programme and the outstanding individuals that transition to Further Education through it, the adjustment has been less dramatic.
The Education and Training Foundation (@E_T_Foundation) is making available 100 bursaries and broadening the eligibility criteria to help widen access to Advanced Teacher Status (ATS). Extra support will be also be available to help those working towards the gold standard practitioner status in the FE and Training sector. Those awarded the status will continue to be awarded Chartered Teacher status as all current ATS holders are.
@E_T_Foundation (ETF) is launching a series of online networking and development events for Chairs of Further Education (FE) college boards. The theme of the first event is ‘Moving the College online - the safety and security risks’. The online event, at 2 pm on Wednesday 10 June, will focus on cybersecurity and critical challenge to thinking on learning with technology. The short online development and networking events aim to create a forum were Chairs can share innovative ideas, think creatively as well as horizon scan in a with other FE chairs to assist each other in their roles during current sector and society challenges. Evan Williams, Associate at the Education and Training Foundation, said: “We are pleased to announce these events following requests from sector colleagues. Covid-19 has created a fundamental shift in strategic innovative approaches to effective learning strategies, as well as increased scrutiny, far beyond 2020/21. The challenge for boards is to provide greater critical challenge to thinking, not only how we learn with technology, but also the changing needs of pedagogy too.” The Moving the College online event has Julia Von Klonowski, member of a police and government cybersecurity and prevent agenda review on cybersecurity, confirmed as a guest speaker for the event.
The Education and Training Foundation (@E_T_Foundation) and Council for Disabled Children (@CDC_tweets) have today ()3 Jun published Tomorrow’s Leaders – A World Beyond Disability. The publication profiles the achievements of over 30 inspirational young people who are leading in their communities, with ambition, hard work and dedication to improving society.
The Education and Training Foundation (@E_T_Foundation) has today published its Further Education and Workforce Data for England (SIR 27) report. The publication reflects the 2018–19 Staff Individualised Record (SIR) returns, which report on the profile of the sector and its workforce. It is based on 91,800 records with data submitted by 186 providers (including colleges, independent training providers, local authorities and others).
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