Developing and Supporting "Expert FE Teachers": professional learning and development for new and experienced teachers

HUDCETT Logo Friday, 9th September, 2016 at University of Huddersfield (Conference hashtag #hudefet )

The starting point for this one day conference is John Hattie’s (2003) work on an “expert teachers” and the programme brings together a range of speakers who will explore developing and supporting teacher expertise from a number of perspectives. This conference will be of interest to teacher educators, managers with responsibility for teaching and learning, CPD managers and HR managers.



  9:30 - 10:00 Registration and refreshments  
10:00 – 10.05 Welcome and introduction   David Powell, Director, The Education and Training Consortium and HUDCETT
10.05-10.35 Introducing the Professional Learning and Development Framework for the FE and Skills sector  
Andy Armitage.  Andy has taught in schools, FE, Adult and Community Education and Higher Education. He was until 2014 Head of the Department of Post-Compulsory Education at Canterbury Christ Church University, provision which was awarded Outstanding the same year. He is the editor and co-author of 'Teaching in Post-14 Education and Training' which has been a staple text for FES trainees for over 15 years. He led inspections of FES initial teacher education for Ofsted until 2015. He is currently Chair of the Universities Council for the Education of Teachers Post-16 Committee.   Andy will talk about the thinking behind the development of the Professional Learning and Development Framework and how it might be used by to build a dialogue about teaching, learning and assessment by teachers, managers of teaching and learning, CPD managers and HR managers.
10.35-11.05 Connected: How the Society for Education and Training connects and supports teachers and trainers working in the FE and Skills sector  
Claire Mitchell, Head of New Business for Programmes and Services at the Education and Training Foundation.  

Claire is responsible for the Society for Education and Training (SET) programmes and services and she will talk about the SET membership offer and how it can complement organisations’ CPD programmes.  
11.05-11.25 Break
11.25-11.55 Supporting former trainees after their initial teacher training  
Rachel Terry, Lecturer in Teacher Education and Dr Kate Lavender, Academic Skills Tutor, at Calderdale College.  

Rachel and Kate will disseminate the findings of an Education and Training Consortium funded research project into the support new teachers need in their first year after completing their initial teacher training.
Timings Session
11.55-12.25 Taking ownership of your CPD – An approach to encourage practitioner-led action research
Philippa Firth, Head of Teacher Development, Teacher Education and Access to HE at Kirklees College.  

Kirklees College have sought to re-engage practitioners in planning their own continual professional development (CPD) as feedback indicated a top down approach to staff development.  Some practitioners at the College have been undertaking practitioner-led research for a number of years, supported through various funded projects.  Having seen the positive impact that practitioner-led research was having on teachers and learners, the College decided to encourage more practitioners to re-think their own CPD and to take control by researching practice and developing their skills in their classrooms. This presentation considers how the approach worked in practice and the outcomes to date.  
12:25- 13:15 Lunch
13:15-13.45 What is evidence-based practice?
Dr Gary Jones is currently an associate of Expansive Education Network based at the University of Winchester, where he supports teachers engaged in evidence-based practice.  

Teachers and trainers working in the sector are now expected to “maintain and update their knowledge of educational research to develop evidence-based practice” (ETF Professional Standards, 2014). Gary will talk about what evidence-based practice is and how we can use it to develop teachers’ knowledge about teaching and their practice.
13.45-14.15 Award winning CPD for managers: a case study of an AoC Beacon award
Anne Dunkley, Head of Staff Development and Organisational Development at Kirklees College.  

Expert teachers need the support of their managers. Anne Dunkley will talk about Kirklees College’s award winning CPD for managers.
14.15-14.45 Will changing the approach to CPD encourage agency and communities of practice?  
Theresa Thornton, Director of Learning at Northumberland College.  

Theresa will share the findings from her doctoral research into teachers’ dispositions to CPD and discuss how a college has changed the CPD process, introducing annual sessions on training needs analysis (TNA) and professional discussions on both individual and team strengths as well as areas for development.
14.45-14.55 Plenary
15.00 Depart



How to book

The conference is FREE to teacher educators, managers with responsibility for teaching and learning, CPD managers and HR managers. Please use the link below to book your place.


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