Lynne Sedgmore to speak at Consortium's 'Leadership conversation' event for college principals

Dr Lynne Sedgmore CBE Dr Lynne Sedgmore CBE, Executive Director of the 157 Group of FE colleges, is the key note speaker at a Consortium event for college principals at the Cedar Court Hotel, Huddersfield on Tuesday, 10th February. The event's focus is the challenge of "Being an 'outstanding' college during a period of austerity", and Dr Sedgmore, who was recently named as one of the UK's 500 most influential people in Britain by Debrett's, will speak about being an “outstanding” leader during a period of austerity.

The other speakers include Jayne Hawley, the Vice-Principal of Northern College, who were last June judged to be “outstanding” by Ofsted, and she will be reflecting on how the college have managed to ‘end up’ with so many inspirational tutors; Peter McCann, Principal and Chief Executive of Kirklees College, and Corrine Scandling, Pearson FE Lecturer of the Year 2014, will explore how college leaders can use the 2014 Professional Standards to foster a climate that empowers and transforms teachers and trainers and creates outstanding teaching, learning and assessment; and Professor Christine Jarvis, Dean of the School of Education and Professional Development, University of Huddersfield, who will explore how a collaborative partnership approach in initial teacher education can support the leadership of outstanding teaching, learning and assessment.

Any principal, or senior manager, who has not yet booked a place for the event and would like to attend should contact Elaine Eastwood on 01484 478204 or via email at

David Powell New Consortium Director announced

Following the retirement of Denise Robinson we are very pleased to announce that David Powell has been appointed as the Consortium Director.  David has a long association with the Consortium and was Deputy Consortium Director during the academic year 2013/14.

David will be also leading the activities of HUDCETT, our highly successful CETT, and he is looking forward to working with our many partners nationally.

Kirklees College graduation ceremony

Consortium students graduated from Kirklees College in a ceremony at Dewsbury Town Hall. Students where congratulated by representatives from Universities including Professor Roy Fisher from University of Huddersfield.

See news and photo on Huddersfield Examiner (opens new window).

First group of trainee teachers to graduate from Northumberland College

The first group of trainee teachers from Northumberland College

Congratulations to the first group of trainee teachers from the Consortium centre Northumberland College who are preparing to graduate.

See further details featured in the local news - News Post Leader (opens new window).

Bursaries and Golden Hellos announced

The Education and Training Foundation have just announced a campaign to promote bursaries for graduate teacher trainees aimed at recruiting new trainee teachers into the FE and skills sector in the areas of maths, English and SEND. The highest value bursaries are in maths, with a trainee maths teacher with a first class honours degree in maths qualifying for a bursary of £20,000. There is also a Golden Hello scheme worth £7,500 (£10,000 for those who go on to train in special educational needs) aimed at retaining existing teachers of maths in the second year of teaching.

Please note: These bursaries are only available for those studying pre-service courses and will not apply for those studying in–service.

More details are available from Funding information and incentives (opens new window).

Last updated on 14 July 2014

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) support

Code of Practice, Regulations and the Government’s response

The Department of Education is currently running a technical consultation on transitional arrangements that will support the phased implementation of the special educational needs and disability reforms from September 2014. It has also published information about the proposed approach to transitional arrangements. The availability of the Code, Regulations and information about transitional arrangements will help local authorities and their partners, early years providers, schools, colleges and those working with children, young people and parents in further developing their plans for implementing the reforms from September 2014 onwards.

For more information see the Press release (opens new window) and the new SEND code of practice (opens new window).

Maths Enhancement Programme

John Barton - Maths Enhancement Programme John Barton, an experienced mathematics teacher from Selby College, has been seconded to HUDCETT as the Maths Lead to co-ordinate the delivery of the Maths Enhancement Programme in the Yorkshire and Humberside region.

See MEP page

Prepare your APEL portfolio to progress onto the 2nd year of a CertEd/PGCE

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'Prepare your APEL portfolio to claim up to 60 credits in order to progress onto the 2nd year of a CertEd/PGCE'

The project will develop and pilot a flexible, on-line APL/APEL process that will allow greater access and achievement of the credits needed by individuals to progress onto the 2nd year of the  Cert Ed/PGCE course delivered through the 24 Post Compulsory education and Training (PCET) Consortium partner colleges. See the original project details at Flexible APL/APEL (LSIS).

Please note that the latest information can be found at APEL/Bridging Process.


Video introducing the Education and Professional Development BA/BA(Hons)

The course is aimed at the professional development needs of teachers or trainers in Further, Higher, Adult and Secondary Education and those who work in related areas such as health, careers, uniformed services and private training organisations.

See the video introducing the course.


Further Education and Skills Initial Teacher Training Fee Awards 2012/13

We have now received confirmation of funding information for students starting courses in 2012/13.

The scheme is being run by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) on behalf of the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS). The Awards will be made to organisations delivering teacher training to those training as teachers in the further education and skills sector; providing a contribution to the costs of the training.

The ITT Fee Awards offer £1,500 towards the fees of those training to teach basic maths/numeracy and English/literacy (including functional skills) in the further education and skills sector, and £1,000 towards those training to teach other subjects.

Guidance for prospective students can be found on the LSIS information page where there is a link to a comprehensive guide. There is also advice available from LSIS.  Fee awards can be applied for on the LSIS website.

Please note that the awards are only open to those undertaking a CertEd/PGCE/DTLLS through a HEI approved course.  The awards are made on a first come first served basis – so please ensure that you process their application on their behalf.

Popular song and music video to embed EDI (Equality, Diversity & Inclusion)

A scene from Equality, Diversity & Inclusion video

Debs Philip (Course leader, University of Huddersfield PGCE/Cert.Ed programme at Calderdale College) led a collaborative process which involved 27 trainee tutors on year 1 of the PGCE/Cert.Ed programme. The project intended to look at ways in which assessment could fully support the philosophy of equality. The project examined EDI on different levels (a) EDI would be the subject, (b) The assessment would reflect the diverse preferences of learning within the group, (c) The trainees would have to find a way of working collaboratively across two different groups on two different evenings and would have to find a way to produce one single object (the song and DVD) by committee, which can be particularly difficult and (d) The project had in some way to involve the local community.

The group decided to rise to the challenge of creatively using what resources they already had including their own students and everyone’s families and resources, potentially networking with approximately 400 different people. Furthermore, they approached the local community surrounding the college to ask for engagement, whether as actors, advisors or to offer resource support. The result was fantastic! See the final Equality, Diversity and Inclusion video.

LSIS research conference 2012

"Improving vocational learning through research-informed practice"

Are you interested in knowing more about research in and about our sector, using research to improve your practice and experiment with different approaches, finding out about useful resources and making useful contacts? Then join us at the 2012 LSIS Research Conference.

This will be the third year that LSIS has run a dedicated research conference for practitioners working in the FE and skills sector. For more information see LSIS Research Conference 2012 details.

Interview with David Blunkett, MP

Denise Robinson had interviewed David Blunkett, MP at the House of Commons. David was at the launch of the Consortium in 2001 when he was the Secretary of State for Education; he was a trainee teacher on the University's provision and went on to teach at Barnsley College. See the full interview below which was presented at the Consortium Conference held at the University on Friday 24th June.

Denise Robinson with David Blunkett, MP at the House of Commons

FREE online access - Teaching in Lifelong Learning journal

Teaching in Lifelong Learning: a journal to inform and improve practice The FREE access to the online journal 'Teaching in Lifelong Learning: a journal to inform and improve practice' was launched at the annual conference of the School of Education and Professional Development at the University of Huddersfield on 20th Jan. The journal was transformed into an e-version through a JISC project which has developed a template for intra-university open access journals. Graham Stone, E-Resources manager at the University opened the launch with an outline of the objectives and outcomes of the project. He referred to the international readership that 'Teaching in Lifelong learning' now has since it was made available on an open access basis only a few weeks ago. Dr. Colin Forrest, LSIS Regional Manager for Yorkshire and Humber, spoke about the journal itself and the opportunities it presents to both the readers and those in the lifelong learning sector who are looking to publish the outcomes of research from Masters dissertations or action research projects they have undertaken.

The latest and previous issues of the journal can be access at


Ministerial Announcement on Bursaries for FE Teacher Training

Please see link below to the speech that John Hayes made this week. He has announced that there will be bursaries for FETT. However, we have no further details at the moment.

"Seventh, to ensure that our teachers are the best in the world and have access to HE I can announce today that we will introduce a bursary for initial teacher training".

See John Hayes AoC Conference Speech for the the whole speech.


Photos from the IfL / Professional Formation Development Day

The Institute for Learning (IfL) held the first in a series of regional awards ceremonies at the University of Huddersfield on Wednesday 16 March 2011 for members in Humberside, Yorkshire, the north-east and north-west who had recently attained Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) or Associate Teacher Learning and Skills (ATLS) status through the process of professional formation. See the press release for further details.

Group Photo

Presenting the awards

John Chorley, the elected president of IfL's Advisory Council addressing the audience


Consortium Tutor received nomination for Extra Mile Award

Recently all students of the University of Huddersfield were invited to nominate staff for the Extra Mile Awards in recognition of their work and Louise Mycroft from Northern College was also nominated. Our congratulation to Louise on the nomination.


Funding available for DTLLS 2011/12 students

doc2 Funding available for students in England on a Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS, If accredited by a Higher Education Institution, the title may vary) course 2011/12. Whether starting a pre-service course (before you have a teaching post) or in-service  course (when you have a teaching post) and whether starting a full-time or part-time course, trainees on DTLLS courses are eligible for funding provided they meet the general criteria set out in the document Funding-of-ITT-courses-2011-2012 .


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