Maths Fest 2015

Friday, 19th June, 2015 at University of Huddersfield, Hashtag - #MathsFest15

If you are teaching Functional Maths, GSCE maths or Core maths at A level next year and working in the FE and Skills sector then please use the booking form below to reserve your place. The conference fee is £100.

See further details at Maths Fest 2015

Reconstructing democratic professionalism: a joint TELL/LSRN event

on Friday 1st May, 2015 - Hosted by the Education and Training Consortium and the University of Huddersfield

To tie in with the publication of Further Education and the 12 Dancing Princesses, the Education and Training Consortium is hosting a joint Teacher Educators in Lifelong Learning/LSRN event on Friday, 1st May at the University of Huddersfield. The event seeks to create a “deliberative space” (Hillier, 2015, p.144) for teacher educators and practitioners to meet and respond to the question Rania Hafez’s (2015) has posed in the book: Can teachers working in further education reconstruct a model of democratic professionalism?

See further details at TELL-LSRN Conference 2015.

Spring Conference 2015 - “Unpacking” the FELTAG report

Friday, 27th February 2015 at the University of Huddersfield

The Spring Conference focuses on last year’s report from the Further Education Learning Technologies Action Group (FELTAG) and the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills’ response to it. The key note is Bob Harrison, a member of FELTAG and Vice-Chair of Governors at Northern College. Workshops are planned on flipped learning, the digital classroom and a college’s response to the FELTAG report. Full details of the event and how to book will be circulated in early 2015.  See Invitation, Programme, and Booking

Being an “outstanding” college during a period of austerity: a leadership conversation

Tuesday, 10th February 2015 at the Cedar Court Hotel, Huddersfield

This Principals’ event looks at the policy landscape and considers its implication on future practice in colleges. Dr Lynne Sedgmore CBE, Executive Director of the 157 Group, has agreed to deliver a key note at the event on being an “outstanding” leader during a period of austerity. Lynne will draw upon her recent research into leadership in FE to answer this question. We also have two other excellent speakers to contribute towards this “leadership conversation”. Earlier this year, Northern College was judged as “outstanding” by Ofsted and Jayne Hawley, the Vice-Principal, 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, is a member of the Education and Training Foundation’s Board and he will explore how college leaders can use the new Professional Standards to foster a climate that empowers and transforms teachers and trainers and creates outstanding teaching, learning and assessment. For further details of the event, please contact Elaine Eastwood on 01484 478204.

Maths Fest

Are you teaching GSCE maths or Core maths at A level next year and working in the FE and Skills sector? The Yorkshire and Humberside Maths Hub is organising a Maths Fest at Selby College on Tuesday 15 July.

See programme and more details.

Consortium for PCET Annual Conference 2014 (#hudtec14)

"What is Vocational Pedagogy?"

Friday, 27th June, 2014 at University of Huddersfield

This conference sought to bring together all those who are interested in and care about vocational pedagogy so they can hear from researchers, practitioners and leaders about the latest thinking surround vocational pedagogy and then join critical dialogue spaces to discuss possible ways forward, with the aim of agreeing some ‘praxis’ for the next academic year. This conference was of particular interest to vocational tutors, teacher educators, senior managers and leaders working in the FE and skills sector.

See the programme, slides, and photos at Annual Conference 2014 page.

Yorkshire and Humberside good practice network for Learning Difficulties and Disabilities teachers

on Wednesday, 5th March 9.30am-1pm including lunch

Twitter hashtag #LDDnet

  • Do you deliver learning programmes for learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities (in the public, private or voluntary sector)?
  • Are you interested in exploring and learning new and different ways to deliver your learning programmes?
  • Would you like to share your best teaching and training ideas with other LDD practitioners?
  • Would you like to contribute to a national dialogue about good practice in LDD teaching in the further education sector being set up by the Education and Training Foundation?

If so, this network event is for you. Please see further details.

Spring conference 2014

Presenters from 2014 Spring Conference ‌The conference title is “Teaching of Mathematics and English in the Further Education Sector:  Working Together to Translate Policy into Practice”.

See more details and photos.



Consultation of Draft Professional Standards for Teachers and Trainers

Date and Time: Wed 29th Jan 2014, 9.30-12.30 (with refreshments and lunch)

Target audience: Teacher Educators, Managers in HR and Staff Development, Heads of Departments, Senior Managers in FE and Skills sector, (FE Colleges, Work Based Learning, Adult and Community Learning, Prison Education, Voluntary Sector)

Cost: FREE event

Event details

The Education and Training Foundation is currently reviewing the Professional Standards for Teachers and Trainers in England. When initial teacher training qualifications were reviewed by LSIS in 2012-13 the professional standards were not part of this review. As part of their remit, the Education and Training Foundation, agreed to undertake the review of the professional standards as a key area of activity in their delivery plan.

The Foundation are keen to engage with as many people as possible to ensure that the standards set clear but achievable aspirations for teachers and trainers, and reflect the reality of their diverse roles. This is your chance to influence the professional standards and ensure we get it right for the teachers of the future. We hope that as wide a variety of people as possible will take up the invitation and join a consultation group hosted by HUDCETT.  This feedback will be used to inform the final professional standards prior to the launch of the revised professional standards and supporting guidance illustrating how the professional standards can be used when they are published later in 2014.

This is an opportunity to be part of the process and have your say.

Teacher Training and Technologies Conference 2013

Friday, 1st March 2013 2012 at University of Huddersfield

Julie Hughes The Consortium's Teacher Training and Technologies Conference 2013 will focus on the delivery of FE teacher training via blended learning and is open to teacher educators from across the country. The main speaker will be Julie Hughes from the University of Wolverhampton. See Programme materials and photos.

Consortium Annual Conference 2013 in association with Teacher Education in Lifelong Learning (TELL) Forum

Friday, 28th June 2013 at University of Huddersfield (#hudtec13)

The conference theme is "Policy directions in Teacher Education and Professional Development: implications for FE and Skills practitioners after de-regulation". The Keynote Speaker is Jim Crawley (Bath Spa University).

See more details at the Consortium Annual Conference 2013 Headings.

Consortium Annual Conference 2013

in association with Teacher Education in Lifelong Learning (TELL) Forum


Annual Conference 2013 in association with TELL network on 28th June (banner)

The conference theme was "Policy directions in Teacher Education and Professional Development: implications for FE and Skills practitioners after de-regulation". The Keynote Speaker was Jim Crawley (Bath Spa University)

See more details at the Annual Conference 2013 page.


Personal, Learning & Thinking Skills (PLTS) in Apprenticeships (FREE EVENT)       ‌

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Wednesday, 27 February 2013
from 12:30 – 16:00 (including lunch)

Facilitators: Paula Jones

Aims of the workshop

  • explore the personal, learning and thinking skills (PLTS) agenda and the challenges of implementing good PLTS provision
  • help you to develop a repertoire of PLTS-building activities which you can use with your own learners
  • enable you to run all or part of this session with your colleagues

Session outline


  • Refresh our knowledge of the PLTS outcomes.  All participants will be issued with a set of PLTS cards that they can take away and use with colleagues and learners.

Going deeper

  • The strengths and weaknesses of our apprentices in relation to the personal, learning and thinking skills.

Our response

  • A problem-solving activity to explore the features of good PLTS provision and the barriers that we need to overcome in order to implement good provision.

 The PLTS repertoire

  • Try out a range of PLTS-building activities and consider how you might use them with your apprentices.

Who should attend?

This half-day workshop is for practitioners who support, assess or train apprentices.

What’s it all about?

This workshop has been developed in response to requests from practitioners.

This highly practical workshop will equip you with a repertoire of teaching and learning approaches that can be used in groups or one-to-one’s.  All of the activities will enable you to combine vocational content with personal, learning and thinking skills (PLTS).  We will run the workshop in “train the trainer” mode, so that you have all the resources you need to show your colleagues how to use these activities.

These workshops have already been delivered to a number of providers who see the PLTS agenda as an opportunity to improve teaching and learning in apprenticeships.  They are finding that this has improved the learner experience and has put them ahead of the game in respect of inspection.  Ofsted has indicated that they will focus on teaching and learning, plus the new Common Inspection Framework (CIF) includes a focus on social, personal and employability skills.

Session Leader

This workshop will be delivered by Paula Jones. She hasmany years of experience of helping employers and learning providers design and improve their apprenticeship and teaching and learning programmes. She has a wide-ranging experience as a trainer and assessor and advocates a “work smarter, not harder” approach.


CANCELLED - TO BE RE-ARRANGED Teacher Education in Lifelong Learning (TELL)

Free Event - TELL forum and New year update

Friday, 25th January 2013 at University of Huddersfield HD1 3DH
from: 10:30 - 15:00  (includes light lunch)


  • Showcase current research by TELL members
  • Build the research capacity of members
  • Share news and other updates in Lifelong Learning Initial Teacher Education.



Registration & Coffee


Jim Crawley

Welcome, Intro & Objectives
Jim Crawley (Forum Convenor), Denise Robinson (University of Huddersfield)


Network member / news update


Getting Published
(Denise Robinson, Robin Simmons – both University of Huddersfield and board members of the Further Education Research Association - FERA)




Showcasing members' research (as in the October meeting)


TELL forum

Planning three more events / meetings between January and December 2013


Collaborative research ideas. Two possible proposals which TELL may wish to undertake




















TELL is a new national research network which actively includes practitioners from across the Lifelong Learning (LL) sector with a common interest in Teacher Education.

The network is developing rapidly, and already has some 110 members. The aims are to:

  • Capture the passion and distinctive vision which permeates LL Teacher Education
  • Raise the profile of and celebrate LL Teacher Education
  • Build capacity, support and provide opportunities for practitioner researchers and research in the field of LL Teacher Education
  • Connect researchers across the UK with each other
  • Promote the achievements and debate the challenges of LL Teacher Education
  • Make appropriate use of technology to connect and inform members.
  • Curate and collate LL ITE research, history and information including compiling a bank of ideas, publications and resources relating to LL Teacher Education and build a legacy of the work undertaken.


CPD in the Regions

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Tuesday 18th December 2012 at University of Huddersfield HD1 3DH
from: 10:00 – 13:00  (includes light lunch)

Ros Foggin

Come along to the IfL Regional Professional Development Event where you can network, have time for a chat and catch up with your colleagues, as well as access practical CPD activities.

Interested, then this is what we have on offer for this event:

  • Part 1 - How to Reflect and encourage your learners to learn to learn through reflection.
  • Tea / Coffee break
  • Part 2 – Managing Challenging Behaviour

The session is led by Ros Foggin, Regional Advisor, Yorkshire and Humberside.

July 2012

FREE CPD WORKSHOP for all teachers and trainers in the FE and Skills Sector - 'The Future of Our Profession'

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Tuesday, 3rd July 2012 at University of Huddersfield HD1 3DH
from: Either 10:00 – 12:00 OR 13:00 – 15:00
(Both include lunch served - 12:00 to 13:00)

Recent proposals threaten to erode the professional status of teachers and trainers in the FE and Skills sector. Keep your thinking refreshed and current in these changing times. Come to our IfL workshop to explore the importance of maintaining professionalism.

The workshop provides a great opportunity to discuss and debate key issues and challenges and explore positive pathways to forward your professional career.

The session will explore and debate:

  • key issues challenging professionalism
  • ways of maintaining professional identity and status
  • effective approaches to CPD
  • models of support and mentoring
  • ways the IfL can support you regionally and nationally

June 2012

Consortium Annual Conference in association with HEA Seminar Series 2011-12

Friday, 29th June 2012 at University of Huddersfield (#hudtec12)

Consortium Annual Conference with HEA 2012 - Panel Discussion audience

The conference was aimed at teacher educators in universities and further education colleges whose primary concern is the initial training and continuing professional development of teachers within the Lifelong Learning sector. See conference materials and photos.

Focus on Functional Skills

LSIS and NRDC are hosting an event for London providers on Functional Skills, with the focus on ‘practical’ (and a free loaded memory stick!)

See flyer FS events flyer - Lon 25.06.12 for details of the event and how to book.

Evidence informing practice

The IOE Centre for Education in the Criminal Justice System (CECJS) is holding its inaugural conference.

With input from experts from Australia and Norway and an eclectic choice of workshops this will be both an informative and thought provoking event.

See more information on Evidence informing practice.

To book a place please email Nick Field:

FREE Mentor Training

Wednesday 13th June - University of Huddersfield

From 10 am – 12 noon followed by lunch (room to be confirmed by email after booking).

A FREE mentor training session is scheduled for Wednesday 13th June for any 2nd year trainees who are considering becoming a mentor for other CertEd/PGCE trainees on the Huddersfield programme (only). 

Embedding Diversity Conference - inspiring and FREE! (TeachNorthern conference)

15th June 2012 at the Northern College  

You are invited to the first ever TeachNorthern conference, to be held on The Northern College's historic campus on 15th June 2012. Thanks to the HEA Seminar Series, the day is entirely free, with lunch and refreshments provided. Following a key note speech by the inspirational Laura Chapman, the day will focus on practical approaches to embedding diversity in teaching and learning.

To secure your place, please email Lisa Purcell .

The conference considers a model of diversity and practical ways of embedding diversity in teaching and learning; Laura Chapman is the keynote speaker.  

May 2012

Learning and Skills Research Network Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Conference

"Researching a sector in flux"

Thursday 3 May 10.30-3.00 University of Huddersfield

The state of transition and instability that the learning and skills sector has experienced for many years is set to continue. There are to be new arrangements for the education and professional development of teachers and trainers in the sector; the government has initiated a commission to look at vocational pedagogy and adult learning; and the cuts continue to affect provision and demand.

This conference will include a variety of workshops, seminars and presentations and is an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to discuss recent research into every aspect of this sector in flux, from teaching practices to the impact of policy.

Prof James Avis will finish the day with a lecture entitled: Workplace learning, vocational pedagogy and the transformation of practice

The event will be free and refreshments and lunch will be served. To register or to find out more, please email:

Event organiser: Dr Kevin Orr, Yorkshire and Humberside LSRN convenor

March 2012

Effective Practice with E-Portfolios on Teacher Training Courses (Regional Teacher Educator Forum Event)

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Thursday, 22nd March 2012 at Bradford College, Mc Millan Building, Trinity Road, Bradford BD5 0NE
from 12:30 – 15:30 (including lunch)

Facilitators: Hilary Woodhead and Richard Nelson

Bradford College’s teacher training team has developed and explored ways of using e – portfolios with trainees. This event provides an opportunity for you to share the team’s knowledge and experiences in these exciting developments and find out how your own courses could benefit from this approach.
The session will explore how the e portfolio works, its benefits to trainees and providers and allow you to share best practice from the team.
The session will explore:

  • E-portfolios: benefits and constraints
  • Using IfL REfLECT as an e-portfolio
  • Using Moodle( VLE) as an e-portfolio
  • Discussion on alternative approaches.

Behaviour Management workshop (Regional Teacher Educator Forum Event)

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  • 23rd March 2012, at University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield West Yorkshire. HD1 3DH
  • 30th March 2012, at Doncaster College, The Hub, Chappell Drive, Doncaster DN1 2RF

12.30 – 3.30 including lunch

Some Simple Strategies for Managing Challenging Behaviour in the Classroom

Two workshops especially designed for practitioners and presented by Sally MacDonald, Head of Additional Learning Support, Doncaster College.

Do some classes seem more difficult than others to manage? 
Do some learners take up more of your time managing their behaviour than teaching the group?

This workshop explores some of the factors that lead to challenging behaviour and provides you some simple strategies to try with your groups to reduce some of the behaviours which interfere with learning and reduce disruption.

FREE Institute for Learning - Networked Professionals Event

Wednesday 28th March 2012
Doncaster College, The Hub.

The purpose of these meetings is to:

  • examine the findings reported in the 2010-11 CPD review (which we will share with you)
  • ask you to consider and prioritise proposals for services for members that arise from the review and so work with us to design your services.

See further details on this FREE Institute for Learning - Networked Professionals Event.

Contact email

February 2012

Teacher Training and Technologies Conference 2012


Friday, 3rd February 2012 at University of Huddersfield


Consortium joins Regional Support Centre (Yorkshire and Humber) in organising the Teacher Training and Technologies Conference 2012 on Friday, 3rd February 2012 at University of Huddersfield. The conference, themed "Complementing teaching and learning with tablet and mobile devices", provides an opportunity to win 6 Galaxy tabs. Read more…

November 2011

Equality and Diversity Conference - ‘Diversity is What we have in Common’

11th November 2011 at the University of Huddersfield
in Lockside Building Room LS2/10-11

This joint School of Education and Professional Development / Consortium / HUDCETT event will offer the opportunity to hear stimulating speakers who are experts in their particular fields as well as offering networking opportunities.

Pen portraits, presentations and handouts

Milton Brown, On Course Learning Solutions LTD.

Milton Brown has over 20 years' experience of working within the voluntary and community sector addressing issues of equality, inclusion and cohesion at the very heart of communities.  He is an experienced Diversity and Equality consultant with in-depth knowledge and understanding of the issues facing marginalised communities and his ability to find creative, innovative and inspiring solutions to complex situations has gained him recognition by Government Office Yorkshire & The Humber and the Department for Children Schools and Families.

Milton holds a MA in 'Consultation and the Organisation: Psychoanalytic Approaches' and a PG Dip in Black Leadership in White Institutions from the Tavistock Institute.   Milton sits on a number of advisory boards and advises local and national government on policy issues such as BME achievement.


Laura Chapman, Director, Equality Training

I grew up in France, which taught me to enjoy lively conversation and be tough in the face of adversity. These early years instilled a spirit of transformation that has helped me be resilient despite hardship.

I came to England to finish secondary school, where I achieved enormous academic success. At university, I will admit, I spent more energy on building social capital, having until then missed out on opportunities for friendship. After leaving university I found employment in the voluntary sector in disabled people’s organisations. 

It was only when I set myself up independently as a facilitator that I found my true vocation. EQuality Training was created to support a growing demand for my work. A small team now help administrate and promote my appearances. I try and spend more time on delivery, as it is my relationship with learners that has most impact on change. Outside sessions my time is spent writing books, developing learning tools and creating programmes with collaboration, in order to respond to my clients needs. I am also working on my own CPD. I should complete my MA in Learning and Development Management in 2112. I value this opportunity to move my own ideas forward so that my practice becomes increasingly ethically committed and academically robust.

Having faced so much discrimination from an early age I think I have a personal understanding of the issues faced by many people from marginalised groups. However, I see my professional role as responding to other people’s inquiry.  Having worked in the equality field for years I can share the theory, however it is the way that I illustrate it through my personal story that people claimed is ‘attitude changing’.

I pride myself on excellent relationships with clients, many of whom return year after year and speak of me fondly.


Jane Wormald (University of Huddersfield) and Becky Clare (Craven College)


Trevor Gordon, Director, Gordon Ffrench Associates

Trevor is the former Vice Principal Client & Community Services for Croydon College in South London.  He is also an Associate Consultant and Trainer to the Stonefish Training Partnership.  Trevor has gained a national reputation as a high calibre staff trainer and Education Management Consultant.  This work includes the design and delivery of Staff Development training initiatives and Equalities/Diversity training nationally to over 300 educational and public sector establishments in England, Wales and the Channel Islands.

He is a Board Member of Ravensbourne College of Design & Communication, (Higher Education) where he chairs the Diversity Committee. Trevor is also Vice-Chair of the Southwark Diocesan Board of Further & Higher Education. 

He has particular expertise on issues of Social Exclusion, Equality of Opportunity and Diversity.  To this end Trevor also contributes to the work of Education Pupil Referral Units for excluded young people.  Trevor has recently been awarded Honorary Lifetime Membership by the Institute of Welfare in recognition of his commitment to the twin issues of Diversity and Equality, (M.I.W.).   His research has been published and it has contributed to several publications. 

Trevor has also received the 2002 Stephen Lawrence Award for Education.


Penny Jane Burke, Professor of Education and Director of the London Paulo Freire Institute

Penny Jane Burke is Professor of Education at Roehampton University, London, where she is Director of the Centre for Educational Research in Equalities, Policy and Pedagogy (CEREPP) and Founder and Director of the London Paulo Freire Institute (LPFI).  She is dedicated to the development of methodological and pedagogical frameworks that support critical understanding of equity and social justice in the field of higher education studies.  Her current and recent research includes: ‘Formations of Gender and Higher Education Pedagogies’ (HEA-funded); ‘Transitions to Masters Level Study’ (HEA-funded); ‘Educational Access for All’ (EU-funded); ‘Men Returning to Study’ (ESRC-funded) and ‘Art for a Few: Exclusions and Misrecognitions in HE Admissions’ (NALN-funded).  Her ESRC research studentship resulted in the publication of her sole-authored book Accessing Education effectively widening participation (2002, Trentham Books).  Her co-authored book Reconceptualising Lifelong Learning: Feminist Interventions (Burke and Jackson, 2007, Routledge) was nominated for the 2008 Cyril O. Houle World Award for Outstanding Literature in Adult Education.  Routledge will publish her sole-authored book The Right to Higher Education: Beyond Widening Participation later this year.  Penny was recipient of the prestigious Higher Education Academy’s National Teaching Fellowship award in 2008.  She is the Access and Widening Participation Network Leader for the Society for Research in Higher Education (SRHE), an Executive Editorial Board member of Teaching in Higher Education, Regional Editor of Women’s Studies International Forum and editorial board member of Gender and Education.


Jim Reid, Senior Lecturer, University of Huddersfield

Jim Reid is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Community and International Education at the University of Huddersfield. He has responsibility on advising the School of Education and Professional Development on safeguarding issues. His first professional role was in children and their families social work and later as a child care team manager. Subsequently he spent four years as a staff development officer with a local authority children’s department.  He then took up a post with the University of Teesside where he taught social work before managing the social work programmes at that University. Jim joined the University of Huddersfield in September 2008 as a member of the team delivering the BA (Hons) Childhood Studies.  In 2007 and 2008 Jim worked with UNICEF in Central Asia developing new child care academic courses and practices. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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